Nest mate recognition in ants with complex colonies: within- and between-population variation.

@inproceedings{Stuart2000NestMR,
  title={Nest mate recognition in ants with complex colonies: within- and between-population variation.},
  author={R. Jenkins Stuart and Joan M. Herbers},
  year={2000}
}
The ability to recognize kin is widespread, and especially important in highly social organisms. We studied kin recognition by assessing patterns of aggression within and between nests of the ant Leptothorax longispinosus. Colonies of this species can be fractionated into subunits, a condition called polydomy. The problem of recognizing relatives is therefore more complex when those relatives can live in two or more different places. We hypothesized that spatial subdivision may have resulted in… CONTINUE READING

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