Data from: Cryptic lineages hybridize for worker production in the harvester ant Messor barbarus

Victoria Norman, Hugo Darras, Christopher Tranter, Serge Aron & William O. H. Hughes
The reproductive division of labour between queen and worker castes in social insects is a defining characteristic of eusociality and a classic example of phenotypic plasticity. Whether social insect larvae develop into queens or workers has long been thought to be determined by environmental cues, i.e. larvae are developmentally totipotent. Contrary to this paradigm, several recent studies have revealed that caste is determined by genotype in some ant species, but whether this is restricted to...
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