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Dynamics of sperm transfer in the ant Leptothorax gredleri

Oppelt, Angelika ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


Abstract

Mating tactics differ remarkably between and within species of social Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants) concerning, e.g., mating frequencies, sperm competition, and the degree of male sperm limitation. Although social Hymenoptera might, therefore, potentially be ideal model systems for testing sexual selection theory, the dynamics of mating and sperm transfer have rarely been studied in species ...

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