Patriline shifting leads to apparent genetic caste determination in harvester ants.

@article{Wiernasz2010PatrilineSL,
  title={Patriline shifting leads to apparent genetic caste determination in harvester ants.},
  author={Diane C. Wiernasz and Blaine J. Cole},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 29},
  pages={
          12958-62
        }
}
The harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, is characterized by high levels of intracolonial genetic diversity resulting from multiple mating by the queen. Within reproductively mature colonies, the relative frequency of different male genotypes (patrilines) is not stable. The difference between samples increases with time, nearing an asymptote after a year. Patriline distributions in gynes and workers display similar patterns of change. A consequence of changing patriline distributions is… CONTINUE READING

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