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Ecological Drivers and Reproductive Consequences of Queen Cooperation in the California Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex Californicus

Abstract An important component of insect social structure is the number of queens that cohabitate in a colony. Queen number is highly variable between and within species. It can begin at colony initiation when often unrelated queens form cooperative social groups, a strategy known as primary polygyny. The non-kin cooperative groups formed by primary polygyny have profound effects on the social dynamics and inclusive fitness benefits within a colony. Despite this, the evolution of non-kin queen cooperation has been relatively overlooked in considerations of the evolution of cooperative sociality. To date, studies examining the costs and benefits of primary polygyny have focused primarily on the advantages of multiple queens during colony founding an... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Haney, Brian Russell (Author) / Fewell, Jennifer H (Advisor) / Cole, Blaine J (Committee member) / Gadau, Juergen (Committee member) / Hoelldobler, Bert (Committee member) / Rutowski, Ron L (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Ecology / Behavioral sciences / cooperation / harvester ant / polygyny / sociality
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 176 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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