Polistes paper wasps: a model genus for the study of social dominance hierarchies

@article{Jandt2013PolistesPW,
  title={Polistes paper wasps: a model genus for the study of social dominance hierarchies},
  author={Jennifer M. Jandt and Elizabeth A. Tibbetts and Amy L. Toth},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2013},
  volume={61},
  pages={11-27}
}
Polistes are an ideal system to study ultimate and proximate questions of dominance, and to test theoretical predictions about social evolution. The behaviors typically associated with dominance in Polistes are similar to those observed in many vertebrate societies. Here, we review recent ethological, mechanistic, and evolutionary studies on how social dominance hierarchies are established and maintained in Polistes spp. From the ultimate perspective, we address individual and group benefits of… 
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