Polygyny via unrelated queens indicated by mitochondrial DNA variation in the Australian meat ant Iridomyrmex purpureus

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The Australian meat ant Iridomyrmex purpureus is known from observations and allozyme surveys to have a high proportion of mature colonies polygynous, but very few incipient ones. Sixteen colonies in the vicinity of Maryborough, Victoria, revealed four mtDNA restriction site haplotypes. One of these nests presented two different haplotypes; given the haplotype frequencies, this result suggests that a high proportion of mature nests contain unrelated queens.

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Received 16 April 1996; revised 24 June 1996, accepted 10 July 1996.

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Carew, M., Tay, W. & Crozier, R. Polygyny via unrelated queens indicated by mitochondrial DNA variation in the Australian meat ant Iridomyrmex purpureus . Insectes soc. 44, 7–14 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1007/s000400050018

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  • Key words: Mitochondrial DNA, restriction site polymorphism, meat ants, Iridomyrmex purpureus, polygyny.