Myrmecia pilosula, an Ant with Only One Pair of Chromosomes

  title={Myrmecia pilosula, an Ant with Only One Pair of Chromosomes},
  author={M. W. Crosland and R. Crozier},
  pages={1278 - 1278}
  • M. W. Crosland, R. Crozier
  • Published 1986
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • A new sibling species of the primitive Australian ant Myrmecia pilosula has a chromosome number of n = 1. C-banding techniques confirm that the two chromosomes of workers are homologous. Males are haploid, as in other Hymenoptera, and their somatic cells contain only a single chromosome. This new species is potentially of great importance in both laboratory and field studies on gene organization. 

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