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Environmental determination of the male morph in the ant Cardiocondyla obscurior (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Du, Y. ; Schrempf, A. ; Heinze, J.
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


Abstract

Cardiocondyla is one of the few ant genera in which winged dispersing males coexist with wingless fighter males, which predominantly mate inside their maternal nests. Male polymorphism is not genetically determined but induced by environmental conditions (e.g., a decrease in temperature). The factors leading to the production of winged males were studied in more detail by exposing colonies of C. ...

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