Queen Dispersal Strategies in the Multiple‐Queen Form of the Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta

@article{Deheer1999QueenDS,
  title={Queen Dispersal Strategies in the Multiple‐Queen Form of the Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Christopher J. Deheer and Michael A. D. Goodisman and Kenneth G. Ross},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1999},
  volume={153},
  pages={660 - 675}
}
Newly produced queens in the multiple‐queen (polygyne) form of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta show dramatic variation in dispersal patterns, and this variation is influenced by genotypic variation at a single locus associated with the genetic marker Gp‐9. Heavy, homozygous Gp‐9BB queens exhibit the highest vagility among polygyne queens and are strongly attracted to the open, disturbed‐habitat patches that characteristically attract queens of the single‐queen (monogyne) form (all of which… Expand
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