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Interspecific Aaggression in colonies of the slave-making ant Harpagoxenus sublaevis

URN to cite this document:
urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-84541
DOI to cite this document:
10.5283/epub.8454
Heinze, Jürgen ; Ortius, Diethe ; Kaib, Manfred ; Hölldobler, Bert
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Abstract

Colonies of the slave-making ant, Harpagoxenus sublaevis, may simultaneously contain workers of several Leptothorax slave species. We observed aggressive interactions among slave-makers, between slave-makers and slaves, and among slaves in 11 mixed colonies. The first two types of aggression appear to be correlated with reproductive competition for the production of males. Aggressive interactions ...

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