Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 75–78 | Cite as

Kinship and incompatibility between colonies of the acacia ant Pseudomyrmex ferruginea

  • Alex Mintzer
  • S. B. Vinson


The effect of kinship on incompatibility between colonies of the acacia-ant Pseudomyrmex ferruginea was examined. Colonies were reared on a clone of Acacia hindsii in a standard environment. A slight but significant reduction in intercolony incompatibility was obtained within two inbred lineages, compared with the observed frequency of rejection for unrelated colonies. These results indicate that the relevant odor differences between colonies are probably not determined at a single gene locus. The ‘gestalt’ model for recognition pheromones does not apply to P. ferrugnea, since nestmates are often treated differently upon introduction to a second colony. However, the resulting intermediate rejection frequencies (30–100%) fail to converge on the 50% level predicted by single locus models for recognition pheromones.


Single Gene Inbred Lineage Gene Locus Single Locus Locus Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Mintzer
    • 1
  • S. B. Vinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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