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 (do͞o-lō′sĭs, dyo͞o-)
The behavioral syndrome whereby slave-making ants raid nests of other species of ants and carry off the pupae in order to provide workers for their own colony.

[Greek doulōsis, enslavement, from douloun, to enslave, from doulos, slave.]

du·lot′ic (-lŏt′ĭk) adj.


(Zoology) a practice of some ants, in which one species forces members of a different species to do the work of the colony. Also called: helotism
[C20: from Greek: enslavement, from doulos slave]
dulotic adj
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For 200 years it has been used to describe a particular form of ant behavior; the technical term is dulosis, from the Greek word for slave, doulos.
Buschinger (1990) refers to inquilines as |permanent parasites without dulosis', and also emphasizes the evolutionary importance of whether or not the host queen is killed.
Social parasitism has been reported most commonly in ants and dulosis has only been found in ants (Wilson, 1971).