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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 280–284 | Cite as

Queen polymorphism in the Australian ant Monomorium sp.10

  • R. Fersch
  • A. Buschinger
  • J. Heinze

Summary:

The Australian ant Monomorium sp.10 exhibits a queen polymorphism with initially winged gynomorphs and wingless intermorphs. Female sexuals eclosing from brood produced by a gynomorphic queen are always winged, whereas offspring of intermorphic queens consists of both winged and wingless female sexuals. The exchange of brood between colonies suggests that queen morph is determined either genetically or by a maternal effect. We discuss the occurrence of genetically based queen polymorphism in ants and its ecological significance.

Key words: Queen polymorphism, wing reduction, dispersal, Monomorium. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Fersch
    • 1
  • A. Buschinger
    • 1
  • J. Heinze
    • 2
  1. 1.Zoologisches Institut, TU Darmstadt, Schnittspahnstrasse 3, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany, e-mail: buschinger@bio.tu-darmstadt.de DE
  2. 2.Institut für Zoologie I, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Staudtstrasse 5, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany DE

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