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Queen-queen competition by precocious male production in multiqueen ant colonies

Yamauchi, Katsusuke ; Ishida, Yasuko ; Hashim, Rosli ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


Abstract

Arriving earlier in the breeding area than his rivals may be beneficial for a male when females mate only once or during a short time span. The timing of a male's entrance is usually determined by the male himself, e.g., through returning early from his winter quarters or through accelerated larval development . Here, we document a surprisingly simple way of "first come, first served" in a ...

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