Longevity of queen

Value <=30 Years
Organism Ant
Reference Smith CD, Smith CR, Mueller U, Gadau J. Ant genomics: strength and diversity in numbers. Mol Ecol. 2010 Jan19(1):31-5. p.34 left column 3rd paragraphPubMed ID20002579
Primary Source Ho¨ lldobler B, Wilson EO (1990) The Ants. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.
Comments Ant queens are among the longest-lived insects known (up to 30 years), often exceeding the average age of their workers or males by one or more orders of magnitude (Primary source). 28 years according to Jemielity et al., 2007 PMID 17346255 citing the same primary source. For much shorter post-fertilization average lifespan of 1 to 3 years see Kocher et al., 2010 PMID 20002808 p.153 right column 2nd paragraph
Entered by Uri M
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