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Queen-queen competition and reproductive skew in a Cardiocondyla ant

yamauchi, K. ; Ishida, Y. ; Hashim, R. ; Heinze, J.
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Abstract

Queens and female sexuals of the Southeast Asian ant Cardiocondyla sp. engage in aggressive interactions. By biting and violently antennating female sexuals, queens appear to prevent them from shedding their wings and presumably also from starting to lay haploid eggs. Aggression among dealate queens apparently results in the establishment of reproductive rank orders with considerable differences ...

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