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Number of mates and timing of mating affect offspring growth in the small marsupial Antechinus agilis

Fisher, Diana; Double, Michael; Moore, Ben


Many fitness benefits of polyandry have been proposed. We addressed four hypotheses that are relevant to the agile antechinus, Antechinus agilis, a highly promiscuous marsupial: polyandry (1) involves females 'trading up' to obtain good genes for offspring; (2) promotes sperm competition/sperm choice to obtain good genes; (3) enables females to avoid genetically incompatible gene combinations (specifically inbreeding); or (4) enables females to avoid infertility. We tested the predictions of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.03.041


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