Ergatandromorphism in the Ant Myrmica lobulicornis Nylander, 1857 (Formicidae: Myrmicinae)

Enrico Schifani, Cristina Castracani, Fiorenza Augusta Spotti, Daniele Giannetti, Martina Ghizzoni, Mauro Gobbi, Luca Pedrotti, Donato Antonio Grasso

Abstract


Ergatandromorphism is the result of an aberrant development in which part of the body of a social insect shows the traits of the worker caste, while the other resembles a male. It is considered a specific case of gynandromorphism. Specimens with these characteristics have rarely been collected in different ant lineages across the world. Here, we provide the first description of ergatandromorphism in the ant Myrmica lobulicornis Nylander, 1857: an ergatandromorphous specimen was recovered during an arthropod sampling campaign across altitudinal and ecological gradients on the Italian Alps (Stelvio National Park), together with 480 workers and 4 queens of the same species, which expressed the normal phenotype.


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bilateral mosaic; gynandromorph; developmental defects; Italian Alps; Stelvio National Park

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v67i2.5084

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