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Sperm traits differ between winged and wingless males of the antCardiocondyla obscurior

Schrempf, Alexandra ; Moser, Astrid ; Delabie, Jacques ; Heinze, Jürgen


Size and shape of sperm cells vary tremendously throughout the animal kingdom. The adaptive significance of this variation is not fully understood. In addition to sperm-female interactions and the environmental conditions, the risk of sperm competition might affect number, morphology and other quality traits of sperm. In the male-diphenic ant Cardiocondyla obscurior, winged sneaker males have ...


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