Daughters inherit colonies from mothers in the 'living-fossil' ant Nothomyrmecia macrops

  title={Daughters inherit colonies from mothers in the 'living-fossil' ant Nothomyrmecia macrops},
  author={M. Sanetra and R. Crozier},
  • M. Sanetra, R. Crozier
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Newly mated queens of monogynous (single queen) ants usually found their colonies independently, without the assistance of workers. In polygynous (multiple queen) species queens are often adopted back into their natal nest and new colonies are established by budding. We report that the Australian 'living-fossil' ant, Nothomyrmecia macrops, is exceptional in that its single queen can be replaced by one of the colony's daughters. This type of colony founding is an interesting alternative… CONTINUE READING

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