Microsatellite analysis suggests occasional worker reproduction in the monogynous ant Crematogaster smithi

  title={Microsatellite analysis suggests occasional worker reproduction in the monogynous ant Crematogaster smithi},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Heinze and Michaela Str{\"a}tz and Jes S\oe Pedersen and Michael Haberl},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
In addition to a single queen and workers, colonies of the ant Crematogaster smithi from the Chiricahua Mts., Arizona, may contain one or several "large workers". These are specialized for laying viable, unfertilized eggs. However, it is unclear whether in queenright colonies these eggs are all eaten or some of them develop into males. Using microsatellite markers we investigated the genetic structure of colonies of C. smithi. The effective mating frequency of queens is close to one. At least… CONTINUE READING
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