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Assisted dispersal and reproductive success in an ant species with matchmaking

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Vidal, Mathilde Christine ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Workers of the ant Cardiocondyla elegans drop female sexuals into the nest entrance of other colonies to promote outbreeding with unrelated, wingless males. Corroborating the results from previous years, we document that carrier and carried female sexuals are typically related and that the transfer initially occurs mostly from their joint natal colonies to unrelated colonies. Female sexuals mate ...


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