Eusociality in African mole-rats: new insights from patterns of genetic relatedness in the Damaraland mole-rat (Cryptomys damarensis)

@article{Burland2002EusocialityIA,
  title={Eusociality in African mole-rats: new insights from patterns of genetic relatedness in the Damaraland mole-rat (Cryptomys damarensis)},
  author={Tamsin Burland and Nigel Charles Bennett and Jennifer U. M. Jarvis and C G Faulkes},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={269},
  pages={1025 - 1030}
}
After the discovery of eusociality in the naked mole–rat, it was proposed that inbreeding and high colony relatedness in this species were the major underlying factors driving cooperative breeding in African molerats. By contrast, field and laboratory studies of the eusocial Damaraland mole–rat (Cryptomys damarensis) have raised the possibility that this species is an obligate outbreeder, although the build–up of inbreeding over several generations could still occur. Using microsatellite… Expand
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