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Evidence for a conserved queen‐worker genetic toolkit across slave‐making ants and their ant hosts

Feldmeyer, Barbara ; Gstöttl, Claudia ; Wallner, Jennifer ; Jongepier, Evelien ; Séguret, Alice ; Grasso, Donato A. ; Bornberg‐Bauer, Erich ; Foitzik, Susanne ; Heinze, Jurgen


The ecological success of social Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps) depends on the division of labour between the queen and workers. Each caste exhibits highly specialized morphology, behaviour, and life-history traits, such as lifespan and fecundity. Despite strong defences against alien intruders, insect societies are vulnerable to social parasites, such as workerless inquilines or slave-making ...


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