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Substantial direct fitness gains of workers in a highly eusocial ant

URN to cite this document:
urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-452258
DOI to cite this document:
10.5283/epub.45225
Giehr, Julia ; Wallner, Jennifer ; Senninger, Lisa ; Ruhland, Katja ; Krüger, Theresa ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Abstract

Hamilton's theory of inclusive fitness suggests that helpers in animal societies gain fitness indirectly by increasing the reproductive performance of a related beneficiary. Helpers in cooperatively breeding birds, mammals and primitively eusocial wasps may additionally obtain direct fitness through inheriting the nest or mating partner of the former reproductive. Here, we show that also workers ...

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