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Evolution of social life in wood-eating cockroaches (Cryptocercus spp.): Effects of the winter climate on the evolution of subsociality
- Evolution of social life in wood-eating cockroaches (Cryptocercus spp.): Effects of the winter climate on the evolution of subsociality
- Park Y.C.; Choe J.C.
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- Journal of Ecology and Field Biology
- vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 97 - 105
- Subsocial behavior of the genus Cryptocercus cockroaches has been believed as primitive traits of termite eusociality. Thus, it has been believed that understanding Cryptocercus subsociality is a pre-requisite stage to infer evolutionary route of the eusociality in termites. Woodroaches of Cryptocercus are also well known because of its peculiar characteristics including adults living monogamously in pairs, semelparous reproduction, xylophagy, obligatory association between adults and their offspring, slow development, and anal trophallaxis by adults. Based on the previously accumulated data, we try to understand two major components of Cryptocercus life history, development and reproduction. We hypothesize that harsh winter and length of winter might be one of the main causes driving the appearance of the delayed development and semelparous reproduction in Cryptocercus life history.
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