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Nestmate recognition and intraspecific chemical and genetic variation in Temnothorax ants

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Foitzik, Susanne ; Sturm, Heike ; Pusch, Katja ; D'Etorre, Patrizia ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


The evolutionary stability of social cooperation requires altruistic acts to be directed mainly towards related individuals. To maintain significant intragroup relatedness, social insects have evolved sophisticated recognition systems. We compared nestmate recognition abilities of three native European species of the ant genus Temnothorax in relation to variation in cuticular chemicals and ...


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