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Does reproductive skew correlate positively with genetic relatedness and mating system? Euglossa cordata and Euglossa townsendi as case studies

Grant number: 11/13363-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2011
Effective date (End): April 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal Investigator:Marco Antonio Del Lama
Grantee:Gabriele Antico Freiria
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


In the bees societies, some females can produce more offspring than the other interacting females, resulting in a reproductive skew. Orchid bees (Euglossini tribe) colonies can be valuable for understanding the relationship between genetic relatedness and reproductive skew. Orchid bees belong to the monophyletic clade of corbiculate bees that also includes Stingless bees (Meliponini), Bumblebees (Bombini) and Honeybees (Apini). Within the clade of corbiculate bees, Euglossines are the only group that is not clearly eusocial. In some colonies of the genus Euglossa, one of the five genus of the Euglossini, under the same circumstances, there is a reproductive dominance among females sharing a nest, causing a reproductive skew. Models have been proposed to explain the presence of reproductive skew in different animal societies, some of which predict a positive correlation between genetic relatedness and reproductive skew, while others predict a negative or absent correlation. This study aims to test, based on behavioral analysis associated with analysis of intranest genetic structure, the following working hypothesis: in the nests of Euglossa cordata and Euglossa townsendi reproductive skew is positively correlated to genetic relatedness and mating system of females. (AU)

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FREIRIA, GABRIELE ANTICO; DA ROCHA-FILHO, LEO CORREIA; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO. Surrounded by foes: Parasitism in Euglossa spp. (Apidae, Euglossini) caused by six species of natural enemies. JOURNAL OF APICULTURAL RESEARCH, v. 56, n. 3, p. 255-261, . (11/21501-2, 11/13363-9)
FREIRIA, GABRIELE ANTICO; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO. The primitively social behavior of Euglossa cordata (Hymenoptera, Apidae, Euglossini): a view from the perspective of kin selection theory and models of reproductive skew. Apidologie, v. 48, n. 4, p. 523-532, . (11/21501-2, 11/13363-9)
AMENT, DANILO CESAR; FREIRIA, GABRIELE ANTICO; DA ROCHA-FILHO, LEO CORREIA; DEL LAMA, MARCO ANTONIO; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO. A scientific note on the first records of Melaloncha Brues, 1904 (Diptera: Phoridae) parasitizing Euglossini and Centridini bees. Apidologie, v. 45, n. 2, p. 266-268, . (11/13363-9, 11/03563-0)
FERREIRA-CALIMAN, MARIA JULIANA; DA ROCHA-FILHO, LEO CORREIA; FREIRIA, GABRIELE ANTICO; GAROFALO, CARLOS ALBERTO. Floral sources used by the orchid bee Euglossa cordata (Linnaeus, 1758) (Apidae: Euglossini) in an urban area of south-eastern Brazil. GRANA, v. 57, n. 6, p. 471-480, . (11/13363-9)

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