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Evaluating alternative hypotheses for the early evolution and diversification of ants
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The largest ant molecular phylogenetic data set published to date is generated, containing ≈6 kb of DNA sequence from 162 species representing all 20 ant subfamilies and 10 aculeate outgroup families, and casts strong doubt on the existence of a poneroid clade as currently defined. Expand
Distribution of the introduced Argentine ant (Iridomyrmex humilis) in natural habitats of the lower Sacramento Valley and its effects on the indigenous ant fauna
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Observations indicate that patches of semidisturbed riparian woodland provide refuges from which populations of I. humilis may invade adjacent agricultural land, and vice versa, and the species richness of native ants is markedly reduced at riparian forestry sites occupied by I. Humilis. Expand
The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
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A robust phylogeny is recovered that reveals six major clades of Myrmicinae, here treated as newly defined tribes and occurring as a pectinate series: Myrmicini, Pogonomyrmecini trib.n. Expand
Phylogenomic Insights into the Evolution of Stinging Wasps and the Origins of Ants and Bees
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There is unequivocal evidence that ants are the sister group to bees+apoid wasps (Apoidea) and that bees are nested within a paraphyletic Crabronidae, and that taxon choice can fundamentally impact tree topology and clade support in phylogenomic inference. Expand
Phylogeny and biogeography of dolichoderine ants: effects of data partitioning and relict taxa on historical inference.
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The evolutionary history of a major clade of ants, the subfamily Dolichoderinae, is investigated, indicating that crown-group dolichoderines arose about 65 million years ago, although this was preceded by a substantial period (30 million years) of stem group evolution. Expand
The internal phylogeny of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
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A reconstruction of the ground plan of the Formicidae indicated that the most specialized of all recent ants are the members of the subfamily Dorylinae and the least specialized ones are the monotypic Apomyrminae. Expand
The rise of army ants and their relatives: diversification of specialized predatory doryline ants
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The phylogenetic analyses provide only weak support for army ant monophyly and call into question a previous hypothesis that army ants underwent a fundamental split into New World and Old World lineages, which provides a basic framework for comparative biological analyses. Expand
Systematics, biogeography and host plant associations of the Pseudomyrmex viduus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Triplaris - and Tachigali -inhabiting ants
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A cladistic analysis indicates that much of the diversification of the Pseudomyrmex viduus group occurred before the Pleistocene, and that the interactions with Triplaris and Tachigali plants are also of Tertiary origin. Expand
Enriching the ant tree of life: enhanced UCE bait set for genome-scale phylogenetics of ants and other Hymenoptera
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The utility of the updated UCE identification and bait design workflow for the insect order Hymenoptera is demonstrated, providing evidence that this approach could be applied to any organismal group with available genomic information. Expand
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