Saturday, January 09, 2010

Mycocepurus smithii - the girls only club

The Mycocepurus smithii ant species, range from Northern Mexico through South America -- and scientists have found through that range, that there are no makes. Mycocepurus smithii, it seems, have dispensed with the males and the messy business of sexually reproducing. This is remarkable, because while there are ant species that reproduce asexually, the females do have the ability to produce males every now and again, for specific reproduction and probably evolutionary reasons.

Just another confirmation for me, that really, the ladies would be able to get along just fine without us guys.

in reference to: Ant Has Given Up Sex Completely, Researchers Confirm (view on Google Sidewiki)

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