Behaviour 2019
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Temporal consistency on Aggressive Behaviour in an Ectatomminae ant 
Veridiana Jardim, Nicolas Chaline, Ronara Ferreira-Chaline. University of São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Personality tests have recently been used in a diversity of species, no longer being limited to mammals or even vertebrates. Despite ample theoretical and methodological research aiming to answer questions about consistency through time and between contexts, personality tests are often applied in an inadequate way. For example, Many studies underestimate the need for repetitions or mistake the variables measured by each test. Using Gnamptogenys striatula as our study species (an Ectatomminae ant), we performed aggression tests with an interspecific dead stimulus, repeated three to five times, over three weeks, to assess the temporal consistency of several behaviors. We sought to investigate how these behaviors, such as aggressive index, latency to interact, and time of interaction with stimulus repeat and show consistency over time. By doing this, our aim is to discuss both from a methodological and conceptual perspective the use of animal personality in social invertebrates.