Mosaic structure of native ant supercolonies.

  title={Mosaic structure of native ant supercolonies.},
  author={Perttu Sepp{\"a} and Helena Johansson and Niclas Gyllenstrand and Snaebj{\"o}rn P{\'a}lsson and Pekka Pamilo},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={21 23},
According to the inclusive fitness theory, some degree of positive relatedness is required for the evolution and maintenance of altruism. However, ant colonies are sometimes large interconnected networks of nests, which are genetically homogenous entities, causing a putative problem for the theory. We studied spatial structure and genetic relatedness in two supercolonies of the ant Formica exsecta, using nuclear and mitochondrial markers. We show that there may be multiple pathways to… CONTINUE READING

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