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Proximate and Ultimate Mechanisms of Nestmate Recognition in Ants

Abstract The most abundantly studied societies, with the exception of humans, are those of the eusocial insects, which include all ants. Eusocial insect societies are typically composed of many dozens to millions of individuals, referred to as nestmates, which require some form of communication to maintain colony cohesion and coordinate the activities within them. Nestmate recognition is the process of distinguishing between nestmates and non-nestmates, and embodies the first line of defense for social insect colonies. In ants, nestmate recognition is widely thought to occur through olfactory cues found on the exterior surfaces of individuals. These cues, called cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs), comprise the overwhelming majority of ant nestmate profil... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Cash, Elizabeth Irene (Author) / Gadau, Jürgen (Advisor) / Liebig, Jürgen (Advisor) / Fewell, Jennifer (Committee member) / Hölldobler, Berthold (Committee member) / Kusumi, Kenro (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Evolution & development / Behavioral sciences / Ants / Cuticular hydrocarbons / Desaturase genes / Nestmate recognition / Social insects / Territoriality
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 163 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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