Colony and population structure in Pachycondyla cf. inversa, a ponerine ant with primary polygyny

K. Kolmer, Berthold Hoelldobler, Juergen Heinze

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Abstract

Queens of the neotropical ponerine Pachycondyla cf. inversa may found their colonies co-operatively (pleometrosis) and still co-exist when the colony becomes mature (primary polygyny). We investigated the genetic structure of colonies from a Brazilian population by using microsatellites. In both queens and workers, inbreeding coefficients were significantly different from zero. No evidence for a geographical substructuring of the population was found. Heterozygote deficiency can probably be explained by a temporal substructure of the population, i.e. mating in temporally distinct mating swarms. Nestmate queens were typically not related. A comparison of the microsatellite genotypes of queens and workers indicated that some queens were multiply inseminated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalEthology Ecology and Evolution
Volume14
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Colony founding
  • Formicidae
  • Multiple mating
  • Pleometrosis
  • Relatedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Colony and population structure in Pachycondyla cf. inversa, a ponerine ant with primary polygyny. / Kolmer, K.; Hoelldobler, Berthold; Heinze, Juergen.

In: Ethology Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 14, No. 2, 08.2002, p. 157-164.

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