Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 199–201

No evidence of pre-copulatory mate choice by gynes in the facultatively parthenogenetic ant Cataglyphis cursor

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00040-015-0444-0

Cite this article as:
Helft, F., Doums, C. & Monnin, T. Insect. Soc. (2016) 63: 199. doi:10.1007/s00040-015-0444-0


Virgin queens (gynes) of the ant Cataglyphis cursor mate on the ground at the nest entrance, where they benefit from the protection of nestmate workers. By carrying out mating tests in the laboratory, we show that gynes mate with the first males they encounter, suggesting the absence of pre-copulatory mate choice by gynes. This is in agreement with the recent finding that workers behave aggressively towards foreign males and could thereby exercise a form of inclusive mate choice, which could replace pre-copulatory mate choice by gynes.


Eusocial insects Sexual selection Inclusive mate choice Multiple mating 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7618 Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, ISYEB, UMR 7205, CNRS, UPMC, École Pratique des Hautes Études, MNHN Département Systématique et ÉvolutionParisFrance

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