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Activity Patterns and Age-dependent Changes in Behavior in the Clonal Ant Platythyrea punctata

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Hartmann, Clara ; Haschlar, Julia ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Bernadou, Abel
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 09 Feb 2021 12:01

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Age-based polyethism, wherein young individuals perform tasks within the nest and later transition to outside activities, is common among many social insects. This division of labor ensures the safety of workers with longer residual lifespans, such as brood caring nurses, and exposes only old individuals to increased extrinsic mortality risks. It appears however, that lifespan in workers is also ...


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