Mating behaviour in a slave-making ant, Rossomyrmex minuchae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

@article{Ruano2005MatingBI,
  title={Mating behaviour in a slave-making ant, Rossomyrmex minuchae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)},
  author={F J S{\'a}nchez Ruano and Alberto Tinaut},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2005},
  volume={92},
  pages={328-331}
}
The mating behaviour of the ant Rossomyrmex minuchae, a rare, protected slave-making species in Spain, seems to be significantly affected by its particular life history and patchy habitat. The mating behaviour of the entire genus Rossomyrmex is virtually unknown. We present here the results of a 3-year study of mating behaviour in R. minuchae. Behavioural observations and limited nest excavations revealed that R. minuchae does not produce sexuals every year, the number of sexuals is low, and… CONTINUE READING
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