What does facultively polygynous mean?

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What does facultively polygynous mean?

Post: # 48557Post AntsDakota
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:23 pm

Antwiki uses the term, but how is it different from polygynous?
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Re: What does facultively polygynous mean?

Post: # 48714Post antnest8
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:26 pm

ant wiki has a page about it and i just think that it means like SUPER polygynous. because taponoma sessile is facultively polygynous and they are know for super colonies that random combine sometimes.
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Re: What does facultively polygynous mean?

Post: # 49723Post AntsDakota
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:57 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:26 pm
ant wiki has a page about it and i just think that it means like SUPER polygynous. because taponoma sessile is facultively polygynous and they are know for super colonies that random combine sometimes.
Oh. I though it might have meant that they are very picky about what queens they accept.
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Re: What does facultively polygynous mean?

Post: # 50679Post antnest8
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:56 pm

"Facultative means "optional" or "discretionary" (antonym obligate), used mainly in biology in phrases such as: Facultative anaerobe, an organism that can use oxygen but also has anaerobic methods of energy production. It can survive in either environment."
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Re: What does facultively polygynous mean?

Post: # 50930Post KimNorway
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:03 pm

antnest8 is right in it meaning "optional". It also means the colonies in the wild might be found with 2 or more queens, but it might not always be. The problem is some of those species actually is "facultative polygynous" for a while founding a colony, and then might start kill each other.

I also seem to remember some species got supressed dwarf queens which acts as workers, or semi-parasitic lineages of queens specialized in joining other colonies (myrmica).

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Re: What does facultively polygynous mean?

Post: # 50932Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:06 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:23 pm
Antwiki uses the term, but how is it different from polygynous?
Antwiki isn't too reliable. Antwiki used to think Lasius Umbratus and Lasius Nearcticus were the same. :roll:
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