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Carebara affinis

Carebara affinis

Worker polymorphism in the marauder ant Carebara affinis. Pictured here is a single supermajor worker, two major workers, and full complement of minor workers. These insects are all sisters and are essentially genetically identical, their different morphologies a result of developmental plasticity. Rossville, Queensland, Australia

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