Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 2018 Jan 16. Epub 2018 Jan 16.
College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK.
The breeding and non-breeding 'castes' of eusocial insects provide a striking example of role-specific selection, where each caste maximises fitness through different morphological, behavioural and physiological trait values. Typically, queens are long-lived egg-layers, while workers are short-lived, largely sterile foragers. Remarkably, the two castes are nevertheless produced by the same genome. Read More