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Ant mosaics occur when two or more competitively dominant ant species show a nonoverlapping, checkerboard-like spatial distribution pattern within a forest or other habitat. Such a pattern was originally described by Room in 1971  and termed an ant mosaic 2 years later by Leston . Since then, ant mosaics have been studied across different continents and habitats. Among social insects, mosaic-like distribution patterns are not exclusive to ants and have been found for termites as well .
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