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Differences in worker size and mound distribution in monogynous and polygynous colonies of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren


Differences in worker size and mound distribution in monogynous and polygynous colonies of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren



Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 581: 9-18



ISSN/ISBN: 0022-8567

DOI: 10.2307/25084596

Polygyny in fire ants had 2 overt manifestations in field colonies: workers from polygynous colonies were significantly smaller than those from monogynous colonies; and 2 transects through fields containing both types of colonies showed that closely spaced polygnous colonies were contiguous with more dispersed monogynous mounds. A simple method is presented for predicting whether a field colony is monogynous or polygynous and the possible origins of polygyny in this species is discussed.

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