Behavior of ergatoid males in the ant, Cardiocondyla nuda

J. Heinze, S. Kühnholz, K. Schilder, B. Hölldobler

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Ergatoid males of the ant, Cardiocondyla nuda, attack and frequently kill young males during or shortly after eclosion. Smaller colonies therefore contain typically only one adult male, which may inseminate all alate queens which are reared in the colony over a few weeks. In larger colonies, several males may be present, however, fighting among adult males was not observed. We discuss the significance of male fighting behavior in ants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiocondyla
  • ergatoid males
  • mating
  • reproductive competition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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