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Current analyses do not resolve whether extra-pair paternity is male or female driven

Eliassen, Sigrunn; Kokko, Hanna


Recent studies question the importance of indirect genetic effects in explaining female benefits of extra-pair matings in socially monogamous species. Compiling data on 14 wild bird species, Arnqvist and Kirkpatrick (Am Nat 165:S26-S37, 2005) estimated the average direct cost in terms or reduced parental care to be an order of magnitude larger than the potential effect of genetic benefits. This study has sparked a debate regarding potential confounding factors but no consensus appears to have...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-008-0608-2


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