Gamergates in the myrmicine genus Metapone (Hymenoptera:Formicidae)

  title={Gamergates in the myrmicine genus Metapone (Hymenoptera:Formicidae)},
  author={B. Hoelldobler and J. Liebig and G. Alpert},
  • B. Hoelldobler, J. Liebig, G. Alpert
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Abstract. Gamergates (i.e. mated reproductive workers) are mostly known from ant species within the Ponerinae. We report here the discovery of gamergates in two species of the subfamily Myrmicinae. Until now, mated reproductive females in colonies of myrmicine species have been considered morphologically distinct from the worker caste. However, in two species of the myrmicine Metapone (Metapone madagascarica and a newly discovered, not yet described Metapone species) all workers have six… CONTINUE READING
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