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Mating success and potential male-worker conflict in a male-dimorphic ant

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-56612
Schrempf, Alexandra ; Darrouzet, Eric ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


Abstract

BACKGROUND: Males of many species adjust their reproductive tactics with regard to their condition and status. For example, large males may develop weapons and fight for access to females, whereas small or undernourished males do not express costly weapons or ornaments and sneak copulations. Different condition-dependent reproductive tactics may be associated with unequal average fitness, but the ...

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