Data from: Bacterial symbiont sharing in Megalomyrmex social parasites and their fungus-growing ant hosts

Joanito Liberti, Panagiotis Sapountzis, Lars H. Hansen, Søren J. Sørensen, Rachelle M. M. Adams & Jacobus J. Boomsma
Bacterial symbionts are important fitness determinants of insects. Some hosts have independently acquired taxonomically related microbes to meet similar challenges, but whether distantly related hosts that live in tight symbiosis can maintain similar microbial communities has not been investigated. Varying degrees of nest sharing between Megalomyrmex social parasites (Solenopsidini) and their fungus-growing ant hosts (Attini) from the genera Cyphomyrmex, Trachymyrmex and Sericomyrmex allowed us to address this question, as both ant lineages rely on the...
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