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Evolution of caste in neotropical swarm-founding wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Epiponini). American Museum novitates ; no. 3467

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dc.contributor.author Noll, Fernando Barbosa. en_US
dc.contributor.author Wenzel, John W. en_US
dc.contributor.author Zucchi, Ronaldo. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:38:03Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:38:03Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2777
dc.description 24 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Electronic version available in portable document format (PDF). en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 21-24). en_US
dc.description.abstract "Reproductive castes are compared in species of swarming wasps representing all currently recognized genera of Epiponini (Polistinae). New morphometric data for nine measures of body parts and ovarian data are presented for 13 species. These are integrated with all similarly conducted available studies, giving a total of 30 species. Analysis reveals several syndromes relating reproductive and nonreproductive individuals: no meaningful distinction, physiological differences only, reproductives larger than nonreproductives with intermediate individuals present, reproductives different in shape from nonreproductives with no intermediates, and reproductives smaller in some aspects than nonreproductives. Distribution of these syndromes among species is consistent with phylogenetic relationships derived from other data. Optimizing these syndromes on the cladogram indicates that the basal condition of Epiponini is a casteless society that is not comparable to the primitively social genus Polistes where dominant queens control reproduction. Castes originate several times in Epiponini, with different results in different lineages. The best documented evolutionary sequence passes from casteless societies, to those with reproductives larger, to those with reproductives differing in shape from nonreproductives, to those with reproductives smaller in some measures. This sequence is consistent with Wheeler's theory of the origin of caste through developmental switches, and represents the most thorough test of that theory to date"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3467 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3467, 2004 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paper wasps -- Behavior -- Evolution. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paper wasps -- Morphology. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paper wasps -- Reproduction. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insect societies -- Latin America. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social hierarchy in animals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social evolution in animals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Polymorphism (Zoology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wasps -- Behavior -- Evolution. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Wasps -- Latin America. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insects -- Behavior -- Evolution. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Behavior evolution. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insect societies. en_US
dc.title Evolution of caste in neotropical swarm-founding wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Epiponini). American Museum novitates ; no. 3467 en_US
dc.title.alternative Castes in neotropical swarm-founding wasps en_US
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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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