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Proximate mechanisms of male morph determination in the ant Cardiocondyla obscurior

DOI to cite this document:
10.5283/epub.75
Schrempf, Alexandra ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:21


Abstract

The ant genus Cardiocondyla is characterized by an extraordinary male polyphenism, with winged disperser males and wingless, territorial ergatoid males. Winged males are produced only after the colony has experienced stressful environmental conditions, e.g., a drastic temperature decrease. We investigated the proximate basis of male polyphenism and caste dimorphism in C. obscurior. The critical ...

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