Reproductive hierarchies in the African allodapine bee Allodapula dichroa ( Apidae : Xylocopinae ) and ancestral forms of sociality

@inproceedings{Tierney2009ReproductiveHI,
  title={Reproductive hierarchies in the African allodapine bee Allodapula dichroa ( Apidae : Xylocopinae ) and ancestral forms of sociality},
  author={Simon M Tierney and Michael P. Schwarz},
  year={2009}
}
The social organization of allodapine bees has been described in detail for most genera, although there remains a notable gap for one major lineage, the genus Allodapula. Here, we provide the first detailed study of social organization in Allodapula dichroa. Colony sizes are small and the frequency of cooperative nesting is low compared with other allodapine taxa, but there is very clear evidence for reproductive differentiation among adult nestmates. Reproductively dominant females tend to be… CONTINUE READING

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