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Schlick-Steiner B.C., Steiner F.M., Sanetra M., Heller G., Stauffer C., Christian E. & Seifert B..
(2005): Queen size dimorphism in the ant Tetramorium moravicum (Hymenoptera, Formicidae): Morphometric, molecular genetic and experimental evidence
Insectes sociaux, 52, 186-193 FullText FullText_BOKU

By combining different methods we evaluate whether the ant Tetramorium rhenanum is specifically separated from T moravicum or whether it is a conspecific microgyne form. High-precision morphometry shows a clear difference in queen size. Sequence comparison of 1031 bp of COI reveals that T rhenanum falls into a clade with T moravicum, which is significantly separated from T forte and T chefketi. T rhenanum shares at least two haplotypes with T moravicum and is considered as a junior synonym. Sexual behaviour and colony foundation experiments corroborate conspecificity. The queen dimorphism is discussed in the context of social parameters such as queen number and reproductive strategy.
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Christian Erhard
Stauffer Christian
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