Facultative slave-making ants Formica sanguinea label their slaves with own recognition cues instead of employing the strategy of chemical mimicry
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Wydział Biologiczno-Chemiczny (Uniwersytet w Białymstoku)
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Główny język publikacji
angielski
Czasopismo
Journal of Insect Physiology (35pkt w roku publikacji)
ISSN
0022-1910
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Rok publikacji
2017
Numer zeszytu
Strony od-do
98-107
Numer tomu
96
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1,89
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(liczba autorów: 2)
Słowa kluczowe
angielski
Ants;
Cuticular hydrocarbons;
Nestmate recognition;
Slave-making;
Streszczenia
Język
angielski
Treść
Slave-making ant species use the host workforce to ensure normal colony functioning. Slaves are robbed as pupae from their natal nest and after eclosion, assume the parasite colony as their own. A possible factor promoting the successful integration of slaves into a foreign colony is congruence with the slave-makers in terms of cuticular hydrocarbons, which are known to play the role of recognition cues in social insects. Such an adaptation is observed in the obligate slave-making ant species, which are chemically adjusted to their slaves. To date, however, no reports have been available on facultative slave-making species, which represent an earlier stage of the evolution of slavery. Such an example is Formica sanguinea, which exploit F. fusca colonies as their main source of a slave workforce. Our results show that F. sanguinea ants have a distinct cuticular hydrocarbon profile, which contains compounds not present in free-living F. fusca ants from potential target nests. Moreover, enslaved F. fusca ants acquire hydrocarbons from their slave-making nestmates to such an extent that they become chemically differentiated from free-living, conspecific ants. Our study shows that F. sanguinea ants promote their own recognition cues in their slaves, rather than employing the strategy of chemical mimicry. Possible reasons why F. sanguinea is not chemically well adjusted to its main host species are discussed in this paper.
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000039943
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