Evolution: Shape-Shifting Social Parasites

Joseph Parker, Christian Rabeling

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Ants exploit differences in body surface chemistry to distinguish nestmates from colony intruders. Socially parasitic ants in Madagascar have convergently evolved morphological similarities to host worker anatomy, implying that body shape may also be surveilled. Studies of tactile behaviors in ant societies are now needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R1049-R1051
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 21 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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