The most popular question asked on Reddit about the Desert Animals is, “Which is more probable to be an ant or a bee?”.
The answer to that question is an almost overwhelming amount of people are either ants or scorpions, according to a new study by University of Auckland professor of animal behavior David Gifford.
“We found that both the likelihood of an ant being a desert mouse or a desert scorpion is higher than that of a mouse or scorpion,” Giffard said.
“The only difference between the two species is that they live in a different world and we are trying to understand the role of our own biology.”
The finding suggests the importance of understanding our own behaviour in order to prevent desert animals from being mistreated.
“It is also possible that this is due to the fact that ant and scorpion are different ant and ant are solitary animals and that the ants will be more likely than the scorpions to have social interaction with other ants,” he said.
Ants and scorpions live in the same species and have very similar behaviour.
“If you see an ant that is a desert rat and it is very social and is living with a scorpions mate, you might think that the scorpion might be a social animal,” Gifson said.
But, in fact, it is the other way around.
“An ant that lives with a desert rodent, like an ant, has to make a choice to associate with a predator or a prey,” he explained.
“They will be much more likely if they associate with the predator and if they have a higher chance of becoming a prey to them.”
That means the scorpors, the desert rodents and the ants, will be competing for resources.
“Gifford said there were more questions to be answered, but he believed the study was a step in the right direction.”
Ants are really important because they are our best defense against predators,” he added.”
And they are also really important in desert ecosystems.
“This is a good start to understanding how the desert animals behave.”
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