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Massacre of the innocents inCardiocondyla thoracica: Manipulation by adult ant males incites workers to kill their immature rivals

Heinze, Jürgen ; Seifert, Bernhard ; Zieschank, Verena


Wingless males of the ant genus Cardiocondyla exhibit a remarkable range of intrasexual competition, from mutual tolerance among males in the colonies of some species to regular lethal fighting in the nests of others. Here, we describe male-male antagonism in Cardiocondyla thoracica (Smith, 1859) from Northern Australia. Males appear to widely ignore adult competitors, but grab defenseless, young ...


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