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  author={Ophthalmopone Berthoudi},
Recent studies have indicated that, in ponerine ants, a eusocial organization is viable without the presence of a queen caste. In Rhytidoponera (Haskins and Whelden, 1965; Ward, 1983; Pamilo et al., 1985) and Ophthalmopone berthoudi (Peeters and Crewe, 19851, some of the workers (= gamergates; Peeters and Crewe, 1984) engage in sexual reproduction. Although there is still reproductive division of labor within the colonies, the loss of the queen caste represents a retrogression since the… 

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