Evolution of Social Insect Colonies: Sex Allocation and Kin Selection

Paperback | July 1, 1995

byRoss H. Crozier, Pekka Pamilo

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This book is about the genetics and behaviour of individuals within colonies of social insects - bees, wasps, ants, and termites. Colonial living is characterized by division of labour and finely coordinated organization, by reproductive function being limited to certain individuals, bycooperative brood care, and by the presence of non-reproductive workers. Within a colony, however, may events are the result of conflicts between individuals seeking to maximize their own interests. Crozier and Pamilo's contribution is to analyse the genetic bases of the patterns of reproductionand resource allocation found in social insect colonies. This is done more comprehensively and with greater depth and insight than in any previous study, and is a significant step forward in the fields of population genetics and social evolution.

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This book is about the genetics and behaviour of individuals within colonies of social insects - bees, wasps, ants, and termites. Colonial living is characterized by division of labour and finely coordinated organization, by reproductive function being limited to certain individuals, bycooperative brood care, and by the presence of no...

Ross H. Crozier is at La Trobe University. Pekka Pamilo is at Uppsala University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:July 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198549423

ISBN - 13:9780198549420

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IntroductionInclusive fitness and sex allocationThe evolution in insectsEvolution of colony characteristicsIntra-colony conflicts over sex allocationColony-level variation of sex ratiosLiterature citedAuthor indexSubject index

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`The book is an excellent review of social evolution and sex allocation theory by two of the masters in the field. ... the book is well written, thorough, and superbly referenced. It should become a standard guide for those working towards improving our understanding of the lives of these mostfascinating creatures.'Animal Behaviour, 54, 2