Microsatellite loci for the social wasp Polistes dominulus and their application in other polistine wasps

  title={Microsatellite loci for the social wasp Polistes dominulus and their application in other polistine wasps},
  author={Michael Thomas Henshaw},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  • M. Henshaw
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Biology
  • Molecular Ecology
The social wasps of the genus Polistes are an important model system for understanding the evolution of cooperation. Their relatively simple societies lack the distinct morphological castes which characterize many of the social insects, and newly emerged females possess a variety of reproductive options (Reeve 1991). A female may remain on her natal nest as a helper gaining indirect fitness; usurp a foreign nest and become reproductively dominant; initiate a new nest independently; reproduce on… 
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