A Reproductive Dictatorship: Naked Mole-rats
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Description: The eusocial naked mole-rat is the mammalian equivalent of a social insect. This article discusses how and why the dominant queen and the infertile workers cooperate for the benefit of the whole colony.
Announcement: The Life and Times of the African Naked Mole-Rat The eusocial naked mole-rat is the mammalian equivalent of a social insect ( ). They occur in the arid regions of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia ( ). In subterranean colonies that can commonly contain around 100, but sometimes up to 300 individuals, reproduction is monopolised by a single dominant "queen", and one or two males. The rest of the colony act as "workers", maintaining the burrow system, or "soldiers" defending the colony against foreign mole-rats or predators (
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