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CHALEPOXENUS-BRUNNEUS A WORKERLESS DEGENERATE SLAVE-MAKER ANT (HYMENOPTERA FORMICIDAE)

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-84330
Buschinger, Alfred ; Cagniant, Henry ; Erhardt, Werner ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:59


Abstract

Chalepoxenus brunneus, found in only one very small site in the Great Atlas of Morocco, represents a workless parasitic species which is derived from actively dulotic congeners ("degenerate slavemaker"). The host species is Leptothorax cf. marocanus. The C. b. queen apparently eliminates the host colony queen by stinging her. She also stings to death a considerable part of the host colony ...

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