Survival of workers and queens of the ant Temnothorax nylanderi depending on infection with the cestode Anomotaenia brevis

Susanne Foitzik
Parasites can mediate severe fitness costs and are thus important selective forces shaping the evolution of host phenotypes. Social insects are hosts for a diverse group of parasites, but their impact on the phenotypic traits of their social hosts is still poorly understood. Here, we tracked the survival of tapeworm-infected ant workers, their uninfected nestmates and of ants from unparasitized colonies. Our three-year study on the ant Temnothorax nylanderi, the intermediate host of the cestode...
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