Mating structure and genetic relatedness among gynes in the primitively eusocial wasp Polistes snelleni (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

Authors


Katsuhiko Sayama, Hokkaido Research Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Sapporo, 062-8516 Japan. Email: sayama@ffpri.affrc.go.jp

Abstract

Mating structure and genetic relatedness among gynes (potential reproductive females) of the paper wasp Polistes snelleni were investigated using DNA microsatellite markers. All colonies had one foundress inseminated by a single male, and no sign of inbreeding was detected. The mean genetic relatedness among gynes was 0.734 ± 0.028 (SE), which is not significantly different from the expected value of 0.75 for full sisters.

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