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Highly specific responses to queen pheromone in three Lasius ant species

Holman, Luke; Hanley, Brian; Millar, Jocelyn G.


Queen pheromones mediate the reproductive division of labor in social insect colonies and provide novel opportunities for investigating the evolution of animal communication. Previous work found that queens in the ant genus Lasius produce several 3-methylalkanes in greater relative amounts than workers do. At least one of these (3-MeC31) is a queen pheromone that regulates worker sterility in two Lasius species, although there are indications that other 3-methylalkanes might also function as...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-016-2058-6


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