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Strategic promiscuity helps avoid inbreeding at multiple levels in a cooperative breeder where both sexes are philopatric

Brouwer, Lyanne; van de Pol, Martijn; Atema, Els; Cockburn, Andrew


In cooperative breeders, the tension between the opposing forces of kin selection and kin competition is at its most severe. Although philopatry facilitates kin selection, it also increases the risk of inbreeding. When dispersal is limited, extra-pair paternity might be an important mechanism to avoid inbreeding, but evidence for this is equivocal. The red-winged fairy-wren is part of a genus of cooperative breeders with extreme levels of promiscuity and male philopatry, but is unique in that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Molecular Ecology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05325.x


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