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A Review of Ant Cuticular Hydrocarbons
We compared the published cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) profiles of 78 ant species across 5 subfamilies. Almost 1,000 CHCs have been described for these species, composing 187 distinct homologousExpand
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Chemical basis of nest-mate discrimination in the ant Formica exsecta
Distinguishing nest-mates from non-nest-mates underlies key animal behaviours, such as territoriality, altruism and the evolution of sociality. Despite its importance, there is very little empiricalExpand
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Evolution of species-specific cuticular hydrocarbon patterns in Formica ants
A comparison of the cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of thirteen sympatric species of Formica ants from Finland, along with a subset of five species from the British Isles, was conducted. ThisExpand
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Nestmate and Task Cues are Influenced and Encoded Differently within Ant Cuticular Hydrocarbon Profiles
Insect cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) are primarily antidesiccation agents, but they also play crucial roles in intra- and interspecific communication, especially among social Hymenoptera. The complexExpand
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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
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The introduction history of invasive garden ants in Europe: Integrating genetic, chemical and behavioural approaches
BackgroundThe invasive garden ant, Lasius neglectus, is the most recently detected pest ant and the first known invasive ant able to become established and thrive in the temperate regions of Eurasia.Expand
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Colony-specific Hydrocarbons Identify Nest Mates in Two Species of Formica Ant
The possession of a colony identity is a fundamental property that underlies much animal behavior. In insect societies, it is widely accepted that nest-mate recognition cues are encoded within theExpand
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Host Specific Social Parasites (Psithyrus) Indicate Chemical Recognition System in Bumblebees
Semiochemicals influence many aspects of insect behavior, including interactions between parasites and their hosts. We studied the chemical recognition system of bumblebees (Bombus) by examining theExpand
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Polygyny reduces rather than increases nestmate discrimination cue diversity in Formica exsecta ants
Although the majority of social insect colonies are headed by a single queen, some species possess nests that contain numerous reproductive queens (polygyny), a trait that is particularly widespreadExpand
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The Evolution of Invasiveness in Garden Ants
It is unclear why some species become successful invaders whilst others fail, and whether invasive success depends on pre-adaptations already present in the native range or on characters evolvingExpand
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