The distribution and evolutionary history of Wolbachia infection in native and introduced populations of the invasive argentine ant (Linepithema humile).

@article{Tsutsui2003TheDA,
  title={The distribution and evolutionary history of Wolbachia infection in native and introduced populations of the invasive argentine ant (Linepithema humile).},
  author={Neil D Tsutsui and Seth N Kauppinen and Alain F Oyafuso and Richard K Grosberg},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={12 11},
  pages={3057-68}
}
Wolbachia pipientis is a maternally transmitted bacterium that often alters the life history of its insect host to maximize transmission to subsequent generations. Here we report on the frequency and distribution of Wolbachia infection in a widespread invasive species, the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). We screened 1175 individual Argentine ants from 89 nests on five continents and several islands, including numerous locations in both the native (South American) and introduced ranges. We… CONTINUE READING
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