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Mating success and potential male-worker conflict in a male-dimorphic ant.

Authors
  • Schrempf, Alexandra
  • Darrouzet, Eric
  • Heinze, Jürgen
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMC Evolutionary Biology
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2007
Volume
7
Pages
114–114
Identifiers
PMID: 17623070
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Though male larvae can expect a higher average mating success when developing into winged males, most colonies produce only ergatoid males under standard conditions. This might point at a novel type of potential kin conflict within the social insect colony. Because workers in insect societies usually control male larval development, ergatoid male production under normal conditions probably reflects the optimal allocation strategy of workers to maximise their inclusive fitness.

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