Conspecific ant aggression is correlated with chemical distance, but not with genetic or spatial distance.

@article{Martin2012ConspecificAA,
  title={Conspecific ant aggression is correlated with chemical distance, but not with genetic or spatial distance.},
  author={Stephen J. Martin and Emma I K Vitikainen and Falko P Drijfhout and Duncan Jackson},
  journal={Behavior genetics},
  year={2012},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={323-31}
}
Five possible mechanisms might underlie kin recognition in social groups: spatial location, familiarity through prior association, phenotype matching, recognition alleles, or rejecting unfamiliar cues. Kin recognition by phenotype matching relies on a strong correlation between genotype and phenotype. Aggression bioassays are the standard method for investigating recognition in animals, particularly social insect interactions among nestmates and non-nestmates. These bioassays typically pay… CONTINUE READING
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