Extreme queen-mating frequency and colony fission in African army ants.

  title={Extreme queen-mating frequency and colony fission in African army ants.},
  author={Daniel J C Kronauer and Caspar Schoning and Jes S\oe Pedersen and Jacobus J Boomsma and Jurgen Gadau},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={13 8},
Army ants have long been suspected to represent an independent origin of multiple queen-mating in the social Hymenoptera. Using microsatellite markers, we show that queens of the African army ant Dorylus (Anomma) molestus have the highest absolute (17.3) and effective (17.5) queen-mating frequencies reported so far for ants. This confirms that obligate multiple queen-mating in social insects is associated with large colony size and advanced social organization, but also raises several novel… CONTINUE READING
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