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Social parasitism among ants: a review (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
The latest review of social parasitism in ants was published in 1990. Since then, comparatively few new parasitic species have been discovered, but research has progressed our knowledge of theExpand
Evolution of social parasitism in ants.
  • A. Buschinger
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Trends in ecology & evolution
  • 1 December 1986
Slave raids of Amazon ants, the beheading of the host colony's queen by a parasitic Bothriomyrmex female, or the protracted throttling of the host queen by an Epimyrma female which has penetrated aExpand
Polygyny and Polydomy in Three North American Species of the Ant Genus Leptothorax Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
It is argued that some of the same factors which might predispose one species to evolve into a social parasite might make resistance to parasitism difficult for a closely related species. Expand
Light at the end of the tunnel: Integrative taxonom y delimits cryptic species in the Tetramorium caespitum complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Species delimitation is fundamental for many biolog ical studies; its importance extends from regional faunistics over behavioral research to the reconstruction of evolut i nary history. However,Expand
Evolution, speciation, and inbreeding in the parasitic ant genus Epimyrma (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)
The scenario of an original, widespread, polytypic species with partially isolated, host‐specific races and populations in which genetic dispositions for a reduction of worker numbers and slave‐raiding, and for intranidal mating, were adaptive is suggested; the latter, however, encountered problems associated with inbreeding. Expand
Tetraponera ants have gut symbionts related to nitrogen–fixing root–nodule bacteria
It is argued that pouch bacteria have been repeatedly ‘domesticated’ by the ants as nitrogen–recycling endosymbionts, the first finding of symbionts related to root–nodule bacteria in animals. Expand
Sympatric speciation and radiative evolution of socially parasitic ants: heretic hypotheses and their factual background
All forms of interspecific true social parasitism (excluding xenobiosis) orginated from a common “preparasitic” stage, a subpopulation of reproductives in polygynous colonies and species, with diverging sexual behavior (near-nest mating vs. swarming) and caste ratios (production of more sexuals vs. workers). Expand
Abandoning Aggression but Maintaining Self-Nonself Discrimination as a First Stage in Ant Supercolony Formation
It is shown that the single-queened Lasius austriacus lacks aggression between colonies and occasionally integrates workers across colonies but maintains high within-colony relatedness and self-nonself discrimination. Expand
Population studies of the dulotic ant, Epimyrma ravouxi and the degenerate slavemaker, E-kraussei (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Cette etude de populations des 2 especes de E. suggere le deplacement d'un comportement de type esclavagisme vers une sorte de parasitisme permanent
Myrmicinosporidium durum, an Enigmatic Fungal Parasite of Ants
Evidence of the fungal nature of M. durum is presented, and its development in the hemocoel of insects, the thin-walled myceliar thallus, the endogenous production of spores in the swollen hyphal tips, and a possible dehiscence line in the spores indicate a relationship with Coelomomyces in the Chytridiomycetes. Expand