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Females use multiple mating and genetically loaded sperm competition to target compatible genes

Pryke, Sarah; Rollins, Lee A.; Griffith, Simon C.


Individuals in socially monogamous species may participate in copulations outside of the pair bond, resulting in extra-pair offspring. Although males benefit from such extra-pair behavior if they produce more offspring, the adaptive function of infidelity to females remains elusive. Here we show that female participation in extra-pair copulations, combined with a genetically loaded process of sperm competition, enables female finches to target genes that are optimally compatible with their own...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1192407


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