Gamergates in the Australian ant subfamily Myrmeciinae

  title={Gamergates in the Australian ant subfamily Myrmeciinae},
  author={V. Dietemann and C. Peeters and B. Hoelldobler},
  • V. Dietemann, C. Peeters, B. Hoelldobler
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Ant workers can mate and reproduce in a few hundreds of species belonging to the phylogenetically basal poneromorph subfamilies (sensu Bolton 2003). We report the first occurrence of gamergates (i.e. mated reproductive workers) in a myrmeciomorph subfamily. In a colony of Myrmecia pyriformis that was collected without a queen, workers continued to be produced over a period of 3 years in the laboratory. Behavioural observations and ovarian dissections indicated that three workers were mated and… CONTINUE READING
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