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Authors: Feldmeyer, Barbara
Elsner, D.
Alleman, Austin
Foitzik, Susanne
Title: Species-specific genes under selection characterize the co-evolution of slavemaker and host lifestyles
Online publication date: 6-Oct-2022
Year of first publication: 2017
Language: english
Abstract: The transition to a parasitic lifestyle entails comprehensive changes to the selective regime. In parasites, genes encoding for traits that facilitate host detection, exploitation and transmission should be under selection. Slavemaking ants are social parasites that exploit the altruistic behaviour of their hosts by stealing heterospecific host brood during raids, which afterwards serve as slaves in slavemaker nests. Here we search for evidence of selection in the transcriptomes of three slavemaker species and three closely related hosts. We expected selection on genes underlying recognition and raiding or defense behaviour. Analyses of selective forces in species with a slavemaker or host lifestyle allowed investigation into whether or not repeated instances of slavemaker evolution share the same genetic basis.
DDC: 570 Biowissenschaften
570 Life sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 10 Biologie
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC BY
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Journal: BMC evolutionary biology
Pages or article number: Art. 237
Publisher: BioMed Central
Publisher place: London
Issue date: 2017
ISSN: 1471-2148
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Publisher DOI: 10.1186/s12862-017-1078-9
Appears in collections:DFG-OA-Publizieren (2012 - 2017)

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