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Convergent eusocial evolution is based on a shared reproductive groundplan plus lineage-specific plastic genes**

Warner, Michael R.; Qiu, Lijun; Holmes, Michael J.; Mikheyev, Alexander; Linksvayer, Timothy A.


Eusociality has convergently evolved multiple times, but the genomic basis of caste-based division of labor and degree to which independent origins of eusociality have utilized common genes remain largely unknown. Here we characterize caste-specific transcriptomic profiles across development and adult body segments from pharaoh ants (Monomorium pharaonis) and honey bees (Apis mellifera), representing two independent origins of eusociality. We identify a substantial shared core of genes...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10546-w
Access Rights: Open Access


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