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#1 Offline VoidElecent - Posted March 3 2018 - 2:47 PM

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Hello all,

 

I have published a fourth Anting and Myrmecology quiz, check it out! Just use your Formiculture username and try your best. I would appreciate it if you didn't Google the answers, but no one's stopping you.

 

Quiz 4 (Average Score: 53%, Average Time: 7:00, High Score: Amo_Formicas: 90%)

 

My previous quizzes, if you liked this one:

 

Quiz 3 (Average Score: 55%, Average Time: 9:42, High Score: Emmett: 91%)

 

Quiz 2 (Average Score: 55%, Average Time: 6:24, High Score: Bracchymyrmex: 100%)

 

Quiz 1 (Average Score: 60%, Average Time: 15:42, High Score: Nathant123, Martialis: 100%)

 

Hope you like it! Please post any questions, comments, or concerns.


Edited by VoidElecent, March 4 2018 - 1:30 PM.

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#2 Offline Reevak - Posted March 3 2018 - 3:00 PM

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I got a 70% with a little guessing here and there. 

 

I enjoyed it though so good job


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#3 Offline Serafine - Posted March 3 2018 - 3:05 PM

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Species with several distinct worker castes are

Your answer: polymorphic tick.png Correct

Actually, that's not entirely true.

Polymorphic ants do not have castes, instead they have a broad variety of workers of different sizes and shapes with no clear caste borders.


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#4 Offline VoidElecent - Posted March 3 2018 - 3:10 PM

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Species with several distinct worker castes are

Your answer: polymorphic tick.png Correct

Actually, that's not entirely true.

Polymorphic ants do not have castes, instead they have a broad variety of workers of different sizes and shapes with no clear caste borders.

 

You're right, genera like Formica are slightly polymorphic with a single worker caste, but genera like Camponotus and Carebara have very distinct worker castes and are also polymorphic.

 

So, maybe not all polymorphic species have more than one worker caste, but species with more than one worker caste are all polymorphic!



#5 Offline Serafine - Posted March 3 2018 - 3:22 PM

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Camponotus doesn't have distinct worker castes, the minims and majors are merely the extreme points of a fluid range from one end to the other.
You can see that especially well on medium-sized workers were all sorts of head shapes from super narrow to pretty massive appear.
 

So, maybe not all polymorphic species have more than one worker caste, but species with more than one worker caste are all polymorphic!

Actually no. Poly means many.
Pheidole for example are usually di- or trimorphic - they have two (sometimes three) very distinct different morphological appearances with no in-between states.

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#6 Offline VoidElecent - Posted March 3 2018 - 3:38 PM

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Camponotus doesn't have distinct worker castes, the minims and majors are merely the extreme points of a fluid range from one end to the other.
You can see that especially well on medium-sized workers were all sorts of head shapes from super narrow to pretty massive appear.
 

So, maybe not all polymorphic species have more than one worker caste, but species with more than one worker caste are all polymorphic!

Actually no. Poly means many.
Pheidole for example are usually di- or trimorphic - they have two (sometimes three) very distinct different morphological appearances with no in-between states.

 

 

Ah, I see what you're saying. Even though Carebara minors appear to be very different than majors, they're just extremes of the same caste?

 

I don't agree with you about the definition of "poly", however. I believe the word "poly" refers to more than one and doesn't necessarily mean more than a certain number; "dimorphic" and "trimorphic" species are still "polymorphic".



#7 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted March 3 2018 - 4:44 PM

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Okay, I'm terrible.... I made a 55%.... :*(


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#8 Offline VoidElecent - Posted March 3 2018 - 5:49 PM

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Okay, I'm terrible.... I made a 55%.... :*(

 

That's not bad! The average of the 19 responses right now is 54%.



#9 Offline Jadeninja9 - Posted March 3 2018 - 9:54 PM

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50%. I have dishonored my family.


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x1 Camponotus hyatti 

x3 Camponotus vicinus

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#10 Offline Serafine - Posted March 4 2018 - 12:08 AM

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Ah, I see what you're saying. Even though Carebara minors appear to be very different than majors, they're just extremes of the same caste?
 
I don't agree with you about the definition of "poly", however. I believe the word "poly" refers to more than one and doesn't necessarily mean more than a certain number; "dimorphic" and "trimorphic" species are still "polymorphic".

I think Carebara is sort of special case, from what I've heard they heard and seen they seem to mostly have 3 distinct castes (tiny minors, bulky medias and super bulky huge supermajors) but there also seem to be quite some size variations within the "castes" and the occasionally in-between oddball. They might be something like polymorphic with a tendency towards trimorphism.

 

Camponotus really are the better example for a polymorphic ant, they have all sizes of workers and especially the medium-sized workers show such an extremely broad variation of features (from super narrow heads to super large heads) that it becomes impossible to put them all into a caste (that's especially true for many mediterranian and tropical Camponotus species where the smaller workers and some of the medias have super narrow heads, northern Camponotus minors tend to have pretty big heads already).


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#11 Offline GeorgeK - Posted March 4 2018 - 12:50 AM

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50%. I have dishonored my family.

35% here. Time to commit suddoku


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#12 Offline Barristan - Posted March 4 2018 - 4:44 AM

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Ants have two castes: queens and workers. And sometimes subcastes within the worker caste or even queen caste. However, the definition varies, see: http://antwiki.org/w...ste_Terminology or (for Serafine):  http://www.ameisenwi...endetermination (German)

 

EDIT: Did the test, only 45%, my knowledge of American species is a little bit limited. ;) At least I could correctly answer all the general questions.

 

You should change:

 

Species that occasionally tolerate more than one queen in founding stages only are

 

to

 

Species that occasionally tolerate more than one queen only in founding stages only are

 

Since polygynous species, of course, tolerate multiple queens in founding state too


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#13 Offline VoidElecent - Posted March 4 2018 - 8:21 AM

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Here are the most recent results! Apparently, questions 8, 16, and 20 are pretty tough! The average score right now is 45% and the highest score so far is 70%.

 

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#14 Offline Reevak - Posted March 4 2018 - 8:39 AM

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Species that occasionally tolerate more than one queen in founding stages only are

 

to

 

Species that occasionally tolerate more than one queen only in founding stages only are

 

Since polygynous species, of course, tolerate multiple queens in founding state too

 

The first one makes more sense. "Only" should be written once (as it is)


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#15 Offline ZllGGY - Posted March 5 2018 - 7:48 AM

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Hello all,

 

I have published a fourth Anting and Myrmecology quiz, check it out! Just use your Formiculture username and try your best. I would appreciate it if you didn't Google the answers, but no one's stopping you.

 

Quiz 4 (Average Score: 53%, Average Time: 7:00, High Score: Amo_Formicas: 90%)

 

My previous quizzes, if you liked this one:

 

Quiz 3 (Average Score: 55%, Average Time: 9:42, High Score: Emmett: 91%)

 

Quiz 2 (Average Score: 55%, Average Time: 6:24, High Score: Bracchymyrmex: 100%)

 

Quiz 1 (Average Score: 60%, Average Time: 15:42, High Score: Nathant123, Martialis: 100%)

 

Hope you like it! Please post any questions, comments, or concerns.

so finished the quiz but how do the answers work? it says i got it wrong then lists the answer i chose in the correct answer part. Also the question about walking on water shouldn't the answer just be surface tension? 


Colonies:

 

Founding:

Camponotus cf. Modoc

Camponotus cf. Herculeanus

 

Dream Ants:

 

Stenamma Diecki

Solenopsis Molesta

Manica Invidia

Camponotus Herculeanus

Lasius Latipes

Dorymyrmex Pyramicus

Tapinoma Sessile


#16 Offline CreeperUniverse - Posted March 29 2019 - 2:40 PM

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It doesn't work fully. On the questions that have multiple answers, it appears impossible to get it correct. It always says the answer you selected being right, along with the other correct answers. never mind I just looked back and saw you can select multiple for some questions...


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#17 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted March 29 2019 - 3:22 PM

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Well I didn't do well at the quizzes, but I learned how to differentiate what species of Crematogaster I have, so that's a win in my book.



#18 Offline ponerinecat - Posted April 11 2019 - 7:15 PM

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58% for the second one... :shock:






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