Policing behaviour towards virgin egg layers in a polygynous ponerine ant

@article{Gobin1999PolicingBT,
  title={Policing behaviour towards virgin egg layers in a polygynous ponerine ant},
  author={B. Gobin and J. Billen and C. Peeters},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1999},
  volume={58},
  pages={1117-1122}
}
  • B. Gobin, J. Billen, C. Peeters
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Animal Behaviour
  • The majority of colonies of Gnamptogenys menadensis in Sulawesi lack queens and several workers ('gamergates') mate and reproduce instead. Virgin workers lay morphologically specialized trophic eggs which are fed to larvae. Some of these virgins switch to male eggs when gamergates are experimentally removed. Three distinct patterns of oogenesis thus result in: (1) trophic eggs; (2) reproductive eggs (unfertilized) laid by virgin workers; and (3) reproductive eggs laid by gamergates, whose… CONTINUE READING
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