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Male territoriality in a social sciurid, Cynomys gunnisoni: what do patterns of paternity tell us?

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Verdolin, Jennifer L, and Slobodchikoff, Constantine N, Male territoriality in a social sciurid, Cynomys gunnisoni: what do patterns of paternity tell us?: .

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In many social sciurids, male territoriality confers significant mating advantages. We evaluated resident male paternity in Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni), a colonial ground-dwelling sciurid, where males and females cooperatively defend territories. Contrary to findings reported for other social sciurids, our results show that territorial resident males do not gain significant reproductive advantages. Resident males sired the majority of offspring from their respective territories only 10.5% of the time. A single non-resident male sired equal or greater number of offspring than any single resident male 71.2% of the time. While adult males were more likely to sire a greater number of offspring, standard heterozygosity, [...]

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From Source - Mendeley RIS Export <br> On - Wed Sep 19 08:03:42 MDT 2012

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