Meiotic recombination dramatically decreased in thelytokous queens of the little fire ant and their sexually produced workers.

@article{Rey2011MeioticRD,
  title={Meiotic recombination dramatically decreased in thelytokous queens of the little fire ant and their sexually produced workers.},
  author={Olivier Rey and Anne Loiseau and Beno{\^i}t Facon and Julien Foucaud and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Orivel and Jean-Marie Cornuet and St{\'e}phanie Robert and Gauthier Dobigny and Jacques Hubert Charles Delabie and Cl{\'e}a Dos Santos Ferreria Mariano and Arnaud Estoup},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={28 9},
  pages={2591-601}
}
The little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata, displays a peculiar breeding system polymorphism. Classical haplo-diploid sexual reproduction between reproductive individuals occurs in some populations, whereas, in others, queens and males reproduce clonally. Workers are produced sexually and are sterile in both clonal and sexual populations. The evolutionary fate of the clonal lineages depends strongly on the underlying mechanisms allowing reproductive individuals to transmit their genomes to… CONTINUE READING