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Hammering, mauling, and kissing: stereotyped courtship behavior in Cardiocondyla ants

Mercier, J.-L., Lenoir, J.-C., Eberhardt, A., Frohschammer, S., Williams, C. and Heinze, Jürgen (2007) Hammering, mauling, and kissing: stereotyped courtship behavior in Cardiocondyla ants. Insectes Sociaux 54 (4), pp. 403-411.

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Sex appears to be a rather prosaic and casual event in the life of most social Hymenoptera. In contrast, mating in the ant genus Cardiocondyla is regularly preceded by a prolonged and stereotypic courtship display. Pummeling the head of the female with mandibles and / or antennae and vibrations of the gaster, presumably stridulation, are essential parts of male courtship. The overall structure of ...


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Item type:Article
Institutions:Biology, Preclinical Medicine > Institut für Zoologie
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Keywords:Cardiocondyla; mating behavior; male polymorphism; sexual selection
Dewey Decimal Classification:500 Science > 570 Life sciences
500 Science > 590 Zoological sciences
Refereed:Yes, this version has been refereed
Created at the University of Regensburg:Unknown
Item ID:5666
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