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Socially Parasitic Ants Evolve a Mosaic of Host-Matching and Parasitic Morphological Traits

Fischer, Georg; Friedman, Nicholas R.; Huang, Jen-Pan; Narula, Nitish; Knowles, L.L.; Fisher, Brian L.; Mikheyev, Sasha; Economo, Evan P.


A basic expectation of evolution by natural selection is that species morphologies will adapt to their ecological niche. In social organisms, this may include selective pressure from the social environment. Many nonant parasites of ant colonies are known to mimic the morphology of their host species, often in striking fashion [1, 2], indicating there is selection on parasite morphology to match the host (Batesian and/or Wasmannian mimicry [3]). However, ants that parasitize other ant societies...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.06.078
Access Rights: Open Access


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