Behavioural Ecology: Promiscuous Fathers Sire Young that Recognize True Family

Mark E. Hauber, Rebecca J J. Safran

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Abstract

Most theories of kin selection assume that animals are able to distinguish relatives from non-relatives. This is especially difficult in situations where mixed parentage precludes that relatedness is recognised by familiarity. Recent work shows that, within the same brood, young bluegill sunfish that are fathered by cuckolders - but not those sired by parental males - pick out their relatives using self-referent phenotype matching and not familiarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCurrent Biology
Volume16
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 19 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Perciformes
kin selection
Lepomis macrochirus
parentage
fathers
Ecology
Fathers
sires
Animals
ecology
phenotype
animals
Phenotype
Recognition (Psychology)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Behavioural Ecology : Promiscuous Fathers Sire Young that Recognize True Family. / Hauber, Mark E.; Safran, Rebecca J J.

In: Current Biology, Vol. 16, No. 18, 19.09.2006.

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