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Slave-making ants are a type of permanent social parasites (thus depending on enslaved hosts ants throughout their whole live) whose newly mated queens need to usurp a host nest in order to initiate a new parasite colony.
To date there are four species of the slave-making ants Rossomyrmex and, to our knowledge, each parasite species has a single host from the genus Proformica, thus forming unique coevolving pairs: R.