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High fidelity: extra-pair fertilisations in eight Charadrius plover species are not associated with parental relatedness or social mating system

Maher, Kathryn H., Eberhart-Phillips, Luke J., Kosztolányi, Andras, dos Remedios, Natalie, Carmona-Isunza, Maria Cristina, Cruz-López, Medardo, Zefania, Sama, St Clair, James J. H., Alrashidi, Monif, Weston, Michael A., Serrano-Meneses, Martin A., Krüger, Oliver, Hoffman, Joseph I., Székely, Tamas, Burke, Terry and Küpper, Clemens 2017, High fidelity: extra-pair fertilisations in eight Charadrius plover species are not associated with parental relatedness or social mating system, Journal of avian biology, vol. 48, no. 7, pp. 910-920, doi: 10.1111/jav.01263.

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Title High fidelity: extra-pair fertilisations in eight Charadrius plover species are not associated with parental relatedness or social mating system
Formatted title High fidelity: extra-pair fertilisations in eight Charadrius plover species are not associated with parental relatedness or social mating system
Author(s) Maher, Kathryn H.
Eberhart-Phillips, Luke J.
Kosztolányi, Andras
dos Remedios, Natalie
Carmona-Isunza, Maria Cristina
Cruz-López, Medardo
Zefania, Sama
St Clair, James J. H.
Alrashidi, Monif
Weston, Michael A.ORCID iD for Weston, Michael A. orcid.org/0000-0002-8717-0410
Serrano-Meneses, Martin A.
Krüger, Oliver
Hoffman, Joseph I.
Székely, Tamas
Burke, Terry
Küpper, Clemens
Journal name Journal of avian biology
Volume number 48
Issue number 7
Start page 910
End page 920
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2017-07
ISSN 0908-8857
1600-048X
Summary Extra-pair paternity is a common reproductive strategy in many bird species. However, it remains unclear why extra-pair paternity occurs and why it varies among species and populations. Plovers (Charadrius spp.) exhibit considerable variation in reproductive behaviour and ecology, making them excellent models to investigate the evolution of social and genetic mating systems. We investigated inter- and intra-specific patterns of extra-pair parentage and evaluated three major hypotheses explaining extra-pair paternity using a comparative approach based on the microsatellite genotypes of 2049 individuals from 510 plover families sampled from twelve populations that constituted eight species. Extra-pair paternity rates were very low (0 to 4.1% of chicks per population). No evidence was found in support of the sexual conflict or genetic compatibility hypotheses, and there was no seasonal pattern of extra-pair paternity (EPP). The low prevalence of EPP is consistent with a number of alternative hypotheses, including the parental investment hypothesis, which suggests that high contribution to care by males restricts female plovers from engaging in extra-pair copulations. Further studies are needed to critically test the importance of this hypothesis for mate choice in plovers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jav.01263
Field of Research 06 Biological Sciences
07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30101343

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