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Genetic incompatibility drives sex allocation and maternal investment in a polymorphic finch

Pryke, Sarah; Griffith, Simon C.


Genetic compatibility may drive individual mate choice decisions because of predictable fitness effects associated with breeding with incompatible partners. In Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae), females paired with genetically incompatible males of alternative color morphs overproduce sons, presumably to reduce investment in inviable daughters. We also observed a reduced overall investment in clutch size, egg size, and care to offspring resulting from incompatible matings. Within-female...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1168928


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