Reproductive mechanisms in termites: Polycalism and polygyny inNasutitermes polygynus andN. costalis

@article{Roisin2005ReproductiveMI,
  title={Reproductive mechanisms in termites: Polycalism and polygyny inNasutitermes polygynus andN. costalis},
  author={Yves Roisin and Jacques M. Pasteels},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={33},
  pages={149-167}
}
SummaryThe nests of the Neo-GuineanNasutitermes polygynus Roisin and Pasteels and the NeotropicalN. costalis (Holmgren) are polycalic. Seventy percent of theN. polygynus nests and half theN. costalis nests were found to be devoid of royal nodule and reproductives. Two polycalic systems ofN. polygynus revealed the presence of functional reproductives in more than one calie, thus suggesting a process of colony reproduction by budding.Multiple imaginal queens are extremely frequent in both species… 

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