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Oecophylla cytochrome oxidase (COX) data

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Title
Oecophylla cytochrome oxidase (COX) data
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2017-03-17
Date Record Modified
2017-11-23
Language
English
Coverage
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Geospatial Location
  • 19.3293, -146.754
  • Oecophylla smaragdina nests were collected from savannah woodlands on the James Cook University campus in Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Descriptions
  1. Type: brief

    Oecophylla brain and body mass data, brain volume data, and cytochrome oxidase activity data from Kamhi JF, Gronenberg W, Robson SKA, Traniello JFA (2016) Social complexity influences brain investment and neural operation costs in ants.

    Extract from Abstract [Related Publication]: The metabolic expense of producing and operating neural tissue required for adaptive behaviour is considered a significant selective force in brain evolution. In primates, brain size correlates positively with group size, presumably owing to the greater cognitive demands of complex social relationships in large societies. Social complexity in eusocial insects is also associated with large groups, as well as collective intelligence and division of labour among sterile workers. However, superorganism phenotypes may lower cognitive demands on behaviourally specialized workers resulting in selection for decreased brain size and/or energetic costs of brain metabolism. To test this hypothesis, we compared brain investment patterns and cytochrome oxidase (COX) activity, a proxy for ATP usage, in two ant species contrasting in social organization.

    The full methodology is available in the publication shown in the Related Publications link below.

  2. Type: note

    This dataset is available from Dryad in MS Excel (.xlsx) format. Dryad data package: Kamhi JF, Gronenberg W, Robson SKA, Traniello JFA (2016) Data from: Social complexity influences brain investment and neural operation costs in ants. Dryad Digital Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.39gb2

Related Publications
  1. Kamhi, J. Frances, Gronenberg, Wulfila, Robson, Simon K.A., and Traniello, James F.A. (2016) Social complexity influences brain investment and neural operation costs in ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 283 (1841). pp. 1-9.
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  1. Associated with: Prof Simon Robson , simon.robson@jcu.edu.au , Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change
Primary Contact
Prof Simon Robson, simon.robson@jcu.edu.au
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Collaborators
  1. J. Frances Kamhi, Boston University, MA, USA
  2. Wilfila Gronenberg, University of Arizona, AZ, USA
  3. James F.A. Traniello, Boston University, MA, USA
Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 0603 - Evolutionary Biology (0603)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 97 - Expanding Knowledge (97)
Keywords
  1. Oecophylla
  2. social brain evolution
  3. collective intelligence
  4. metabolic cost
  5. division of labor
  6. cytochrome oxidase
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
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License - Other
CC 0: Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal
Access Rights/Conditions
Open access. If the data is not freely accessible via the link provided, please contact the nominated data manager or researchdata@jcu.edu.au for assistance.
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open
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Data Location
Online Locations
  1. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.39gb2
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Citation
Cite:
Kamhi, J.; Gronenberg, W.; Robson, S.; Traniello, J. (2016). Oecophylla cytochrome oxidase (COX) data. James Cook University. [Data Files] 6a3aad77475dd2e61dd9a25b8640d81d