Genetic variability and social structure of Colonies in Acromyrmex heyeri and A. striatus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).


The breeding structure of both colony and population of social insects can be examined by genetic analysis. Colonies of the leaf-cutting ants Acromyrmex heyeri and A. striatus (Myrmicinae, Attini) were thus analyzed for isoenzyme systems MDH, a-GPDH, and AMY to describe genotype variability and social structure. A total of five loci were investigated (three… (More)

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