Production of sexuals in a fission-performing ant: dual effects of queen pheromones and colony size

  title={Production of sexuals in a fission-performing ant: dual effects of queen pheromones and colony size},
  author={Rapha{\"e}l Boulay and Abraham Hefetz and X{\'i}m Cerd{\'a} and S{\'e}verine Devers and Wittko Francke and Robert Twele and Alain Lenoir},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Models based on the kin selection theory predict that in social hymenopterans, queens may favor a lower investment in the production of sexuals than workers. However, in perennial colonies, this conflict may be tuned down by colony-level selection because of the trade off between colony survival and reproductive allocation. In this study, we present a survey of sexual production in colonies of Aphaenogaster senilis, a common species of ant in the Iberian Peninsula. Similar to most species that… CONTINUE READING


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