publication . Article . 2001

The effect of sex-allocation biasing on the evolution of worker policing in hymenopteran societies.

Foster, K.R.; Ratnieks, F.L.W.;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2001 Journal: The American Naturalist, volume 158, page 615 (issn: 0003-0147, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: JSTOR
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Mutual policing is thought to be important in conflict suppression at all levels of biological organization. In hymenopteran societies (bees, ants, and wasps), multiple mating by queens favors mutual policing of male production among workers (worker policing). However, worker policing of male production is proving to be more widespread than predicted by relatedness patterns, occurring in societies headed by single-mated queens in which, paradoxically, workers are more related to the workers' sons that they kill than the queen's sons that they spare. Here we develop an inclusive-fitness model to show that a second reproductive conflict, the conflict over sex allo...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: fungibehavior and behavior mechanisms
free text keywords: Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Biology, Hymenoptera, biology.organism_classification, Worker policing, Ecology, Sex allocation
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publication . Article . 2001

The effect of sex-allocation biasing on the evolution of worker policing in hymenopteran societies.

Foster, K.R.; Ratnieks, F.L.W.;