Queen Number and Sociality in Insects

Hardcover | July 1, 1994

EditorLaurent Keller

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Interest in the ecological and evolutionary causes underlying the evolution of complex animal societies is widespread and increasing. An up-to-date account of an active topic, this book looks at social insects - diverse, abundant, and ecologically important. It clearly exemplifies howvariation in queen number can be used to investigate basic problems of insect sociality and the mysteries of the evolution of sterile castes. Multiple queen colonies provide one of the most fascinating systems from which to study conflict and cooperation in animal societies, ensuring the book'svalue for all studying social behaviour in mammals, birds, fish, and insects.

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Interest in the ecological and evolutionary causes underlying the evolution of complex animal societies is widespread and increasing. An up-to-date account of an active topic, this book looks at social insects - diverse, abundant, and ecologically important. It clearly exemplifies howvariation in queen number can be used to investigate...

Laurent Keller, Research Associate, Zoology Institut, Bern.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:452 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198540574

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Table of Contents

List of contributors1. Opportunities and pitfalls in co-operative reproduction2. Reproductive structure and reproductive roles in colonies of eusocial insects3. Queen - queen conflicts in polygynous societies: mutual tolerance and reproductive skew4. Sex ratio variation in polygynous ants5. The effects of polygny and colony life history on optimal sex investment6. Genetic relatedness and its components in polygynous colonies of social insects7. The maintenance of high genetic relatedness in multi-queen colonies of social wasps8. The evolutiuon of polygyny in primitively eusocial polistine wasps with special rerference to the genus Ropalidia9. Serial polygyny in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata: implications for the evolution of sociality10. Multiple - foundress associations in sweat bees11. Monogyny and polygyny in ponerine ants with or without queens12. Ecological determinants of queen number in ants13. Distribution and ecology of queen number in ants of the genus Myrmica14. Monogyny and polygyny in Formica ants: the result of alternative dispersal tactics15. Queen - queen interactions in polygynous ants16. Kin discrimination and division of labour among matrilines in the polygynous carpenter ant, Camponotus planatus17. Selective pressures on pleometrosis and secondary polygyny: a comparison of termites and antsGlossaryAuthor indexSubject index

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'Author and subject indexes and a glossary facilitate the use of this book as a reference. Of primary interest to graduate students and researchers interested in evolution, ecology, and the social aspects of behavior.'R.E. Lee Jr., Miami University (OH), Choice, Sep'94 - Vol. 32, No. 1