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- adj. That produces female offspring (only)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Producing females only; -- said of certain female insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Producing females only: noting those parthenogenetic female insects which have no male progeny: opposed to arrhenotokous.
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Although some populations have a classical haplodiploid reproduction system, in other populations queens are produced by thelytokous parthenogenesis, males are produced by a male clonality system and workers are produced sexually.
Our results unambiguously confirm the unique reproduction system polymorphism mentioned above and that male clonality is strictly associated with thelytokous parthenogenesis.