PerspectiveEvolution

Sex...Only If Really Necessary in a Feminine Monarchy

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Science  03 Dec 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5702, pp. 1694-1695
DOI: 10.1126/science.1106673

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The social organization of hymenopteran insects depends on their adoption of complex sexual and asexual reproductive strategies. In his Perspective, Gadagkar discusses a clever reproductive strategy used by the ant Cataglyphis cursor to circumvent the cost of sexual reproduction ( Pearcy et al.). New ant queens of this species are produced by an asexual form of reproduction called thelytoky, whereas daughter worker ants are produced by normal sexual reproduction.