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Accessory gland proteins of males in the male-diphenic ant Cardiocondyla obscurior

Fuessl, Marion ; Santos, Carolina G. ; Hartfelder, Klaus ; Schrempf, Alexandra ; Heinze, Jürgen


Seminal fluid proteins are important agents in sperm competition and sexual conflict. In solitary insects, males and females may have different interests concerning the outcome of a mating episode, and males may use seminal fluid to manipulate the physiology and behaviour of the female against the latter's fitness interests. Less is known about the role of seminal fluids in social insects, where ...


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