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Methuselah’s daughters: Paternal age has little effect on offspring number and quality in Cardiocondyla ants

Heinze, Jürgen ; Hanoeffner, Michaela ; Delabie, Jacques H. C. ; Schrempf, Alexandra


Male age may directly or indirectly affect the fitness of their female mating partners and their joint progeny. While in some taxa of insects, old males make better mates and fathers, young males excel in others. Males of most social Hymenoptera are relatively short lived and because of testis degeneration have only a limited sperm supply. In contrast, the wingless fighter males of the ant ...


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