Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Molecular insight into patterns of colony composition and paternity in the common mole-rat Cryptomys hottentotus hottentotus - Mol Ecol, Vol 13, Issue 5, pp. 1217-1229 (Abstract): An "outlook": Bishop et al. show an interesting insight into a non-insect colonial society where a number of significantly smaller males were found to sire offspring, suggesting what they call "a sneak-mating strategy by subordinate within-colony males"...

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

The ontogeny of foragwehaviour in desert ants, Cataglyphis bicolor - Ecol Entomol, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp. 240-250 (Abstract) by Ruediger Wehner et al. (Zurich Univ., Switzerland).

Plant-attracted ants affect arthropod community structure but not necessarily herbivory - Ecol Entomol, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp. 217-225 (Abstract) by Karsten Mody and K.E. Linsenmair (both Wuerzburg Univ., Germany).

Queen lifespan and colony longevity in the ant Harpegnathos saltator - Ecol Entomol, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp. 203-207 (Abstract) by Juergen Liebig and H.-J. Poethke (both Wuerzburg Univ., Germany).

The Royal Society - Article Optimal reproductive-skew models fail to predict aggression in wasps, by Peter Nonacs (UCLA), H. Kern Reeve (Cornell Univ.) and Philip T. Starks (Tufts Univ.).

The Royal Society - Article: Taxonomy as a fundamental discipline - E.O. Wilson believes that twice the number of taxonomists, which is today approx. 6000 persons worldwide, "could move the global biodiversity survey to near completion within a single human generation".