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Substantial direct fitness gains of workers in a highly eusocial ant

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Giehr, Julia ; Wallner, Jennifer ; Senninger, Lisa ; Ruhland, Katja ; Krüger, Theresa ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 17 Mar 2021 10:38

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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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