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Worker ants promote outbreeding by transporting young queens to alien nests

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Vidal, Mathilde ; Königseder, Florian ; Giehr, Julia ; Schrempf, Alexandra ; Lucas, Christoph ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Choosing the right mating partner is one of the most critical decisions in the life of a sexually reproducing organism and is the basis of sexual selection. This choice is usually assumed to be made by one or both of the sexual partners. Here, we describe a system in which a third party – the siblings – promote outbreeding by their sisters: workers of the tiny ant Cardiocondyla elegans carry ...


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