New microsatellite loci for the socially diverse paper wasp genus Ropalidia

Henshaw, M.T., Crozier, Y.C., and Crozier, R.H. (2003) New microsatellite loci for the socially diverse paper wasp genus Ropalidia. Molecular Ecology Resources, 3 (4). pp. 641-643.

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Abstract

The Polistine wasps include both independent-founding species, with small, single-queen colonies founded by one or a few potential queens, and swarm-founding species, which have larger societies, many queens and initiate colonies as a swarm of queens and workers. Swarm-founding evolved from independent-founding and Ropalidia is the only genus with both types, making it an excellent model system for understanding this dramatic shift in colony organization. We have isolated 18 polymorphic microsatellite loci from three species of Ropalidia, including two independent-founding and one swarm-founding species. These loci will allow us to reconstruct colony social and genetic structures in this important genus.

Item ID: 6918
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Polistinae; Ropalidia revolutionalis; Ropalidia romandi; Ropalidinii; social wasps
ISSN: 1755-0998
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010 03:25
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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