Kinship and incompatibility between colonies of the acacia ant Pseudomyrmex ferruginea

  title={Kinship and incompatibility between colonies of the acacia ant Pseudomyrmex ferruginea},
  author={Alex C. Mintzer and S. Bradleigh. Vinson},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
SummaryThe effect of kinship on incompatibility between colonies of the acacia-ant Pseudomyrmex ferruginea was examined. Colonies were reared on a clone of Acacia hindsii in a standard environment. A slight but significant reduction in intercolony incompatibility was obtained within two inbred lineages, compared with the observed frequency of rejection for unrelated colonies. These results indicate that the relevant odor differences between colonies are probably not determined at a single gene… 

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Nestmate recognition and incompatibility between colonies of the acacia-ant Pseudomyrmex ferruginea

  • A. Mintzer
  • Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2004
Compatibility between workers of 21 different colonies of the acacia-ant Pseudomyrmex ferruginea was examined, and the absence of antagonistic reactions between workers reared in the different groups indicates that the reproductive females are not the direct source of colony recognition pheromones.

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The principal mechanism of nestmate recognition in carpenter ants (Camponotus) appears to be odor labels or "discriminators" that originate from the queen and are distributed among, and learned by, all adult colony members.


  • D. Janzen
  • Environmental Science
    Evolution; international journal of organic evolution
  • 1966
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