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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Regulation Of Reproduction In The Neotropical Ponerine Ant, Pachycondyla Villosa
Author: Heinze J.
Abstract: Workers in queenless groups of the ant Pachycondyla villosa engage in antennal boxing and biting and by these interactions establish social dominance hierarchies, in which several high-ranking individuals may lay eggs. We observed egg cannibalism by dominant workers. The presence of larvae negatively effects the number of worker-produced eggs in queenless colony fragments in two ways. First, larvae feed on the eggs, and second, workers lay fewer eggs when larvae are present. In queenright colonies, workers lay eggs at a low rate, which are eaten by the queen or fed to the brood, but apparently they do not compete aggressively for egg-laying. © 1996 Plenum Publishing Corporation.
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Date Issue: 1996
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