Disentangling the mechanisms linking dispersal and sociality in supergene-mediated ant social forms

Amaranta Fontcuberta, Ornela De Gasperin, Amaury Avril, Sagane Dind & Michel Chapuisat
The coevolution between dispersal and sociality can lead to linked polymorphisms in both traits, which may favour the emergence of supergenes. Supergenes have recently been found to control social organization in several ant lineages. Whether and how these “social supergenes” also control traits related to dispersal is yet unknown. Our goal here was to get a comprehensive view of the dispersal mechanisms associated to supergene-controlled alternative social forms in the ant Formica selysi. We measured...
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