A unique strategy of host colony exploitation in a parasitic ant: workers of Polyrhachis lama rear their brood in neighbouring host nests

@article{Maschwitz2003AUS,
  title={A unique strategy of host colony exploitation in a parasitic ant: workers of Polyrhachis lama rear their brood in neighbouring host nests},
  author={Ulrich Maschwitz and Carlo Go and Eva Kaufmann and Alfred Buschinger},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2003},
  volume={91},
  pages={40-43}
}
The formicine ant Polyrhachis lama is a social parasite, exploiting its ponerine host ant species Diacamma sp. In most social parasitic associations, the parasitic species are closely related to their host species group, evolving directly from independent ancestors of the host species. However, in the Polyrhachis lama–Diacamma sp. association, the associated species belong to different ant subfamilies. Based on preliminary field surveys, we had presumed that P. lama might have given up its… 

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