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First come, first served: the first-emerging queen monopolizes reproduction in the ant Cardiocondyla “argyrotricha”

Schmidt, Christine V. ; Heimbucher, Andreas ; Bernadou, Abel ; Heinze, Jürgen


While colonies of most tropical species of the ant genus Cardiocondyla regularly contain multiple egg-laying queens (polygyny), single-queening (monogyny) evolved convergently in a Palearctic clade of Cardiocondyla and in Southeast Asian C. "argyrotricha." In the latter species, monogyny is probably an adaptation to patchily distributed but highly stable nest sites. In experimentally orphaned ...


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