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Courtship with two spoons—Anatomy and presumed function of the bizarre antennae of Cardiocondyla zoserka ant males

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Heinze, Jürgen ; Marschall, Jella ; Lautenschläger, Birgit ; Seifert, Bernhard ; Gratiashvili, Nana ; Strohm, Erhard
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 17 Feb 2022 14:22


Mating in ants often occurs on the wing during nuptial flights or on the ground when scattered female sexuals attract males by pheromones. In both scenarios, there is little opportunity for males to engage in prolonged aggressive competition or elaborate courtship displays. Male morphology is therefore adapted to locating female sexuals and mating, and it lacks specific weapons or other traits ...


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