Unicoloniality, recognition and genetic differentiation in a native Formica ant.

  title={Unicoloniality, recognition and genetic differentiation in a native Formica ant.},
  author={Barbara Holzer and Michel Chapuisat and Natacha Kremer and C{\'e}dric Finet and Laurent Keller},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  volume={19 6},
Some ants have an extraordinary form of social organization, called unicoloniality, whereby individuals mix freely among physically separated nests. This mode of social organization has been primarily studied in introduced and invasive ant species, so that the recognition ability and genetic structure of ants forming unicolonial populations in their native range remain poorly known. We investigated the pattern of aggression and the genetic structure of six unicolonial populations of the ant… CONTINUE READING
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