Sex and Caste-Specific Variation in Compound Eye Morphology of Five Honeybee Species

  title={Sex and Caste-Specific Variation in Compound Eye Morphology of Five Honeybee Species},
  author={Martin Streinzer and Axel Brockmann and Narayanappa Nagaraja and Johannes Spaethe},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Ranging from dwarfs to giants, the species of honeybees show remarkable differences in body size that have placed evolutionary constrains on the size of sensory organs and the brain. Colonies comprise three adult phenotypes, drones and two female castes, the reproductive queen and sterile workers. The phenotypes differ with respect to tasks and thus selection pressures which additionally constrain the shape of sensory systems. In a first step to explore the variability and interaction between… CONTINUE READING
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