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Egg-layiyng "intermorphs" in the ant Crematogaster smithi neither affect sexual production nor male parentage

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Oettler, Jan ; Dijkstra, Michiel B. ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Abstract

We study male parentage and between-colony variation in sex allocation and sexual production in the desert ant Crematogaster smithi, which usually has only one singly-mated queen per nest. Colonies of this species are known to temporarily store nutrients in the large fat body of intermorphs, a specialized female caste intermediate in morphology between queens and workers. Intermorphs repackage at ...

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