Obligate parthenogenesis and reproductive division of labor in the Japanese queenless ant Pristomyrmex pungens

@article{Tsuji1988ObligatePA,
  title={Obligate parthenogenesis and reproductive division of labor in the Japanese queenless ant Pristomyrmex pungens},
  author={Kazuki Tsuji},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1988},
  volume={23},
  pages={247-255}
}
SummaryTwo types of workers were recognized in colonies of Pristomyrmex pungens: extranidal workers (which characteristically walk outside the nest) and intranidal workers (which characteristically stay inside the nest). The ovaries of extranidal workers showed little activity, whereas those of intranidal workers showed high activity and often contained mature oocytes. I therefore conclude that only the intranidal workers reproduce. A behavioral repertoire of 103 individuals was obtained and… CONTINUE READING

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