Mating system and population structure in the desert ant Cataglyphis livida

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We investigated population genetic structure, mating system, worker reproduction and thelytokous parthenogenesis in the desert ant Cataglyphis livida. Pedigree analyses at polymorphic microsatellite loci show that colonies are headed by a single queen, and that queens are mated with two to eight males. No inbreeding was found in the population sampled… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00040-009-0048-7

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