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Behavior of ergatoid males in the ant,
Cardiocondyla nuda

URN to cite this document:
Heinze, Jürgen ; Künholz, S. ; Schilder, K. ; Hölldobler, B.
Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:59


Ergatoid males of the ant, Cardiocondyla nuda, attack and frequently kill young males during or shortly after eclosion. Smaller colonies therefore contain typically only one adult male, which may inseminate all alate queens which are reared in the colony over a few weeks. In larger colonies, several males may be present, however, fighting among adult males was not observed. We discuss the significance of male fighting behavior in ants.

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