Sperm Competition in Birds

Sperm Competition in Birds : Evolutionary Causes and Consequences

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An introduction to a subject which has revolutionized thinking in reproductive behaviour and which has direct links with DNA fingerprint studies. It is aimed at senior undergraduates and research biologists in behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and ornithology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 184.15 x 254 x 25.4mm | 748.42g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0121005402
  • 9780121005405

Table of contents

Birds as vehicles for sperm competition; avian mating systems and sperm competition; male and female reproductive systems and the fertile period; sperm precedence and mechanisms of sperm competition; copulation behaviour - pair copulation, extra-pair copulation; paternity guards - mate guarding, frequent copulation, territoriality and other guards; costs and benefits of extra-pair copulation for males; costs and benefits of extra-pair copulation for females; extra-pair paternity; evolutionary consequences of sperm copulation in birds.
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