The number of queens

An important trait in ant evolution

Berthold Hoelldobler, Edward O. Wilson

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Abstract

The pervasive social and ecological differences between ant colonies that have a single queen and those that have multiple queens are defined. The evolutionary tendencies which lead to polygyny and the adaptive significance of multiple queens are examined. The discussion of the ecological consequences of polygyny and monogyny leads to a deeper understanding of territoriality, spacing and species packing in ants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalNaturwissenschaften
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1977
Externally publishedYes

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Ants
queen insects
ant
polygyny
Formicidae
Territoriality
monogyny
territoriality
environmental impact
spacing
spatial distribution

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  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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The number of queens : An important trait in ant evolution. / Hoelldobler, Berthold; Wilson, Edward O.

In: Naturwissenschaften, Vol. 64, No. 1, 01.1977, p. 8-15.

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