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Genetic Constraints on Dishonesty and Caste Dimorphism in an Ant

Holman, Luke; Linksvayer, Timothy A.; d'Ettorre, Patrizia


The ultimate causes of honest signaling remain a subject of debate, with questions remaining over the relative importance of costs and constraints. Signal costs may make dishonesty prohibitively expensive, while genetic constraints could make it impossible. We investigated honest signaling using full-sib analysis and parent-offspring regression in the ant Lasius niger, in which queens produce a cuticular hydrocarbon-based pheromone that signals fertility and inhibits worker reproduction and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: The American Naturalist
DOI: 10.1086/668828


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