Table 1

Mixed-species colony set ups composed of four different Temnothorax species.

Colony composition

Colony name

Colonies set up in 2005

Colonies set up in 2006

No. total colonies

No. colonies used for the assessment of ovary activation

No. colonies used for the assessment of worker male-production

Queen species

Worker species


T. nylanderi (control)

T. nylanderi

NN

NN1 - NN5

NN6 - NN15

15

10

5

T. crassispinus

CN

CN1 - CN5

CN6 - CN15

15

10

5

T. unifasciatus

UN

UN1 - UN5

UN6 - UN15

15

10

5

T. recedens

RN

RN1 - RN10

10

5

5

no queen

ØN

ØN1 - ØN5

5

5

-


T. crassispinus (control)

T. crassispinus

CC

CC1 - CC5

CC6 - CC15

15

10

5

T. nylanderi

NC

NC1-NC5

NC6-NC15

15

10

5

T. unifasciatus

UC

UC1 - UN5

UC6 - UN15

15

10

5

T. recedens

RC

RC1 - RC10

10

5

5

no queen

ØC

ØC1 - ØC5

5

5

-


T. unifasciatus (control)

T. unifasciatus

UU

UU1 - UU5

UU6 - UU15

15

10

5

T. nylanderi

NU

NU1-NU5

NU6-NU15

15

10

5

T. crassispinus

CU

CU1 - CU5

CU6 - CU15

15

10

5

T. recedens

RU

RU1 - RU10

10

5

5

no queen

ØU

ØU1 - ØU5

5

5

-


T. recedens (control)

T. recedens

RR

RR1 - RR10

10

5

5

T. nylanderi

NR

NR1 - NR5

5

5

-

T. crassispinus

CR

CR1 - CR5

5

5

-

T. unifasciatus

UR

UR1 - UR5

5

5

-

no queen

ØR

ØR1 - ØR5

5

5

-


Total no. of colonies:

45

165

210

145

65


Colonies were set up in the years 2005 and 2006. The number of colonies randomly chosen for the assessment of ovary activation and for the assessment of worker male-production is given. The first letter in colony denominations indicates the species of the queen (Ø for queenless), the second the species of the workers.

Brunner et al. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011 11:55   doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-55

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