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Table 1 Habitat characteristics and distribution of alternative social forms across habitat types

From: Fine-scale habitat heterogeneity favours the coexistence of supergene-controlled social forms in Formica selysi

  Island Riverbed Flooded area 8 yo Flooded area 16 yo Steppe Forest
Age since last flooding Approx. 1 year Approx. 1 year 8 years 16 years  > 36 years  > 36 years
Number of plots 8 11 15 10 10 5
Number of ant species 2 2 1 1 7 4
Number of colonies per plot (mean ± SD) 5.5 ± 4.1 2.36 ± 1.8 12.66 ± 6.1 8.5 ± 2.1 0.9 ± 1.7 0
Number of monogyne colonies per plot (mean ± SD) 5.38 ± 3.89 0.18 ± 0.60 1.73 ± 2.18 3.2 ± 3.94 0.8 ± 1.48 0 ± 0
Number of polygyne colonies per plot (mean ± SD) 0.13 ± 0.35 2.18 ± 1.94 10.26 ± 6.41 5 ± 4.29 0 ± 0 0 ± 0
Total number of F. selysi colonies (number of colonies with undetermined social form) 44 (0) 26 (0) 190 (10) 85 (3) 9 (1) 0 (0)