Neuroanatomical and morphological trait clusters in the ant genus Pheidole: evidence for modularity and integration in brain structure.

@article{Ilies2015NeuroanatomicalAM,
  title={Neuroanatomical and morphological trait clusters in the ant genus Pheidole: evidence for modularity and integration in brain structure.},
  author={Iulian Ilies and Mario L. Muscedere and J. F. A. Traniello},
  journal={Brain, behavior and evolution},
  year={2015},
  volume={85 1},
  pages={63-76}
}
A central question in brain evolution concerns how selection has structured neuromorphological variation to generate adaptive behavior. In social insects, brain structures differ between reproductive and sterile castes, and worker behavioral specializations related to morphology, age, and ecology are associated with intra- and interspecific variation in investment in functionally different brain compartments. Workers in the hyperdiverse ant genus Pheidole are morphologically and behaviorally… CONTINUE READING
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