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Selfish strategies and honest signalling: Reproductive conflicts in ant queen associations

Holman, Luke; Dreier, Stephanie; d'Ettorre, Patrizia


Social insects offer unique opportunities to test predictions regarding the evolution of cooperation, life histories and communication. Colony founding by groups of unrelated queens, some of which are later killed, may select for selfish reproductive strategies, honest signalling and punishment. Here, we use a brood transfer experiment to test whether cofounding queens of the ant Lasius niger 'selfishly' adjust their productivity when sharing the nest with future competitors. We simultaneously...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2009.2311


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