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The Regulation of Worker Reproduction in the Ant Aphaenogaster cockerelli

Abstract The repression of reproductive competition and the enforcement of altruism are key components to the success of animal societies. Eusocial insects are defined by having a reproductive division of labor, in which reproduction is relegated to one or few individuals while the rest of the group members maintain the colony and help raise offspring. However, workers have retained the ability to reproduce in most insect societies. In the social Hymenoptera, due to haplodiploidy, workers can lay unfertilized male destined eggs without mating. Potential conflict between workers and queens can arise over male production, and policing behaviors performed by nestmate workers and queens are a means of repressing worker reproduction. This work describes ... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Smith, Adrian Alan (Author) / Liebig, Juergen (Advisor) / Hoelldobler, Bert (Advisor) / Gadau, Juergen (Committee member) / Johnson, Robert A (Committee member) / Pratt, Stephen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Entomology / ants / Aphaenogaster cockerelli / cuticular hydrocarbons / Dufour's gland / queen policing / worker policing
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 107 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Biology 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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