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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2009

Authors: Mulard, H; Danchin, E; Talbot, SL; Ramey, AM; Hatch, SA; White, JF; Helfenstein, F; Wagner, RH

Title: Evidence that pairing with genetically similar mates is maladaptive in a monogamous bird.

Source: BMC Evol Biol. 2009; 9:147

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Wagner Richard

Vetmed Research Units
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology

Evidence of multiple genetic criteria of mate choice is accumulating in numerous taxa. In many species, females have been shown to pair with genetically dissimilar mates or with extra-pair partners that are more genetically compatible than their social mates, thereby increasing their offsprings" heterozygosity which often correlates with offspring fitness. While most studies have focused on genetically promiscuous species, few studies have addressed genetically monogamous species, in which mate choice tends to be mutual.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Gene Frequency
Mating Preference, Animal*
Microsatellite Repeats*
Models, Genetic

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