A mathematical model on the optimal timing of offspring desertion.

  title={A mathematical model on the optimal timing of offspring desertion.},
  author={Hiromi Seno and Hiromi Endo},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={246 3},
We consider the offspring desertion as the optimal strategy for the deserter parent, analyzing a mathematical model for its expected reproductive success. It is shown that the optimality of the offspring desertion significantly depends on the offsprings' birth timing in the mating season, and on the other ecological parameters characterizing the innate nature of considered animals. Especially, the desertion is less likely to occur for the offsprings born in the later period of mating season. It… CONTINUE READING

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