High mean relatedness among communally galling Tamalia aphids revealed by AFLP analysis

@article{Taylor2014HighMR,
  title={High mean relatedness among communally galling Tamalia aphids revealed by AFLP analysis},
  author={B. Taylor and D. Miller},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2014},
  volume={61},
  pages={395-402}
}
Cooperative or eusocial behavior occurs in gall-inducing insects, but the ecological and evolutionary contexts for these behaviors vary in their details. Foundresses of the manzanita leaf-gall aphid, Tamalia coweni, regularly share galls. Because aphids undergo parthenogenesis, communal foundresses are potential clone mates. Under the kin selection hypothesis, a high level of relatedness is predicted to lower genetically based conflict among females in a group and thereby favor communal gall… Expand

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