Data from: Policing effectiveness depends on relatedness and group size

Walter BJ, Brunner E, Heinze J

Date Published: December 6, 2010

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8042

 

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Title Policing_and_worker_fecundity_data
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Description Worker policing, queen policing, workers and queens fecundity, survival of worker-laid eggs and queen-laid eggs according to colony size (large colony: 100 workers, small colony: 40 workers) and relatedness among workers in a colony (homogeneous colony: r = 0.75, heterogeneous colony: r = 0.1875). We observed three behavioral patterns: fertile workers were (1) policed by workers, or (2) not policed but self-restrained from reproduction, or (3) non-policed and continued reproduction. We observed colonies where (1) all fertile workers were policed, (2) all fertile workers were not policed and continued reproduction, (3) all fertile workers were not policed but self-restrained from reproduction, and (4) mixture of policing, continued worker reproduction and self-restraint took place.
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Title Policing_duration_individual_ant_data
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Description Policing duration, dominance interactions duration, time of fertile worker exclusion from colony after reunion and time of fertile worker being killed after reunion according to colony size (large colony: 100 workers, small colony: 40 workers) and relatedness among workers (homogeneous colony: r = 0.75, heterogeneous colony: r = 0.1875). We counted worker immobilization by other workers and prolonged biting as policing acts (never observed in queenless colonies). We counted antennal boxing and short biting as dominance acts as such behavior was observed in queenless colonies.
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Title Colony_size_and_productivity
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Description Production of new workers, males and female sexuals by 40 colonies of the ant Temnothorax unifasciatus. The colonies were collected in the field during hibernation time. After three months at artificial summer conditions (day/night: 12h/12h, 25oC/20oC) the colonies began to produce pupae of workers, males and female sexuals. All adults and the eclosing individuals were counted. The data are corrected for different body weight of freshly enclosed workers (0.107 mg), males (0.16 mg) and female sexuals (0.8 mg).
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Walter BJ, Brunner E, Heinze J (2011) Policing effectiveness depends on relatedness and group size. The American Naturalist 177(3): 368-376. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/658396

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Walter BJ, Brunner E, Heinze J (2011) Data from: Policing effectiveness depends on relatedness and group size. Dryad Digital Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8042
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