Pretender punishment induced by chemical signalling in a queenless ant

  title={Pretender punishment induced by chemical signalling in a queenless ant},
  author={Thibaud Monnin and Francis L. W. Ratnieks and Graeme R. Jones and Richard William Beard},
Animal societies are stages for both conflict and cooperation. Reproduction is often monopolized by one or a few individuals who behave aggressively to prevent subordinates from reproducing (for example, naked mole-rats, wasps and ants). Here we report an unusual mechanism by which the dominant individual maintains reproductive control. In the queenless ant Dinoponera quadriceps, only the alpha female reproduces. If the alpha is challenged by another female she chemically marks the pretender… CONTINUE READING

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