Social mutilation in the Ponerine ant Diacamma: cues originate in the victims


In the queenless ponerine ant genus Diacamma, all workers eclose with a pair of innervated thoracic appendages termed gemmae. The gamergate (= mated egg laying worker) maintains reproductive monopoly by mutilating the gemmae of all eclosing individuals. Such mutilation leads to irreversible behavioural and neurological changes such that the individual… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00040-004-0765-x


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