Cuckoos and parasitic ants: Interspecific brood parasitism as an evolutionary arms race.

@article{Davies1989CuckoosAP,
  title={Cuckoos and parasitic ants: Interspecific brood parasitism as an evolutionary arms race.},
  author={Nicholas B. Davies and Andrew F. G. Bourke and M de L Brooke},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  year={1989},
  volume={4 9},
  pages={274-8}
}
Each summer thousands of nesting birds feed cuckoo chicks that have killed the hosts' own young. Likewise, worker ants rear the brood of other ants that have killed the workers' queen or even induced the workers to kill their queen themselves. In both cases the hosts spend time and energy raising offspring that, to them, are of no genetic value. Such exploitation involves intricate parasitic adaptations for deceiving hosts. It should also provoke host defences. Brood and social parasites and… CONTINUE READING
Highly Cited
This paper has 75 citations. REVIEW CITATIONS

Citations

Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 42 extracted citations

75 Citations

0510'95'00'06'12'18
Citations per Year
Semantic Scholar estimates that this publication has 75 citations based on the available data.

See our FAQ for additional information.

References

Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-2 of 2 references

II9271 British Ants, George Routledge G Sons 22 Bium, MS. 11987) in From Individual to Collective Behavior in Social Insects

Donisthorpe, H. St j.K
1987

lnsectes Sot

G. W. IO Elmes
Anim. Ecol • 1983

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…