Evidence for differential selection and potential adaptive evolution in the worker caste of an inquiline social parasite

@article{Sumner2003EvidenceFD,
  title={Evidence for differential selection and potential adaptive evolution in the worker caste of an inquiline social parasite},
  author={Seirian Sumner and William O H Hughes and Jacobus J Boomsma},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={54},
  pages={256-263}
}
Social parasites exploit the socially managed resources of social insect colonies in order to maximise their own fitness. The inquilines are among the most specialised social parasites, because they are dependent on being fully integrated into their host's colony throughout their lives. They are usually relatives of their host and so share ancestral characteristics (Emery's rule). Closely related inquiline-host combinations offer a rare opportunity to study trade-offs in natural selection. This… CONTINUE READING
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