TITLE

Animal behaviour: Caught red hydrocarboned

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
Nature;1/15/2009, Vol. 457 Issue 7227, p238
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses research conducted by Jürgen Liebig and colleagues at Arizona State University on fertile Aphaenogaster cockerelli ants. It was found that these workers in colonies that are headed by a queen are manually coated with a hydrocarbon linked with fertility known as pentacosane. These coated ants are attacked by their nest mates in an attempt to minimize antisocial behaviour by punishing cheaters.
ACCESSION #
36113320

 

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