Reproductive Competition in Colonies of the Ant Leptothorax gredleri

Jürgen Heinze, Norbert Lipski, Bert Hölldobler

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Colonies of the ant, Leptothorax (s. str.) gredleri may contain several inseminated female reproductives of which typically only one is laying eggs. Observations suggest that “functional monogyny” is caused by aggressive interactions among nestmate queens. Only the most dominant queen reproduces. Subordinate queens either leave the colony to found their own nests solitarily or by budding, or stay in the nest without reproducing, but may eventually replace the dominant queen. The interrelations of life history of L. gredleri, population structure and habitat characteristics are examined. 1992 Blackwell Verlag GmbH

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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