Nestmate recognition in ants ( Hymenoptera : Formicidae ) : a review

@inproceedings{Sturgis2012NestmateRI,
  title={Nestmate recognition in ants ( Hymenoptera : Formicidae ) : a review},
  author={Shelby J. Sturgis and Deborah M. Gordon},
  year={2012}
}
Nestmate recognition is the process by which individuals discriminate between nestmates and conand hetero-specifics. Nestmate recognition is based on recognition cues, which include cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs). Models of nestmate recognition predict that recognition decisions are based on the overlap of recognition cues. Colony recipients assess cue differences by comparing an individual's CHC profile to an internal template, which is based on the colony-specific cues. The behavioral response… CONTINUE READING
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