Facultative use of thelytokous parthenogenesis for queen production in the polyandrous ant Cataglyphis cursor.

@article{Doums2013FacultativeUO,
  title={Facultative use of thelytokous parthenogenesis for queen production in the polyandrous ant Cataglyphis cursor.},
  author={Claudie Doums and Adam L. Cronin and Camille Ruel and Pierre F{\'e}d{\'e}rici and Claudy Haussy and Claire Tirard and Thibaud Monnin},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={26 7},
  pages={1431-44}
}
The evolutionary paradox of sex remains one of the major debates in evolutionary biology. The study of species capable of both sexual and asexual reproduction can elucidate factors important in the evolution of sex. One such species is the ant Cataglyphis cursor, where the queen maximizes the transmission of her genes by producing new queens (gynes) asexually while simultaneously maintaining a genetically diverse workforce via the sexual production of workers. We show that the queen can also… CONTINUE READING
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