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Communal egg-laying in reptiles and amphibians: evolutionary patterns and hypotheses

Doody, J S; Freedberg, Steve; Keogh, J Scott


Communal egg-laying is widespread among animals, occurring in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds, just to name a few. While some benefits of communal egg-laying may be pervasive (e.g., it saves time and energy and may ensure the survival of mothers and their offspring), the remarkable, diversity in the life histories of the animals that exhibit this behavior presents a great challenge to discovering any general explanation. Reptiles and amphibians offer ideal systems for...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Quarterly Review of Biology
DOI: 10.1086/605078


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