Adopt, ignore, or kill? Male poison frogs adjust parental decisions according to their territorial status

@inproceedings{Ringler2017AdoptIO,
  title={Adopt, ignore, or kill? Male poison frogs adjust parental decisions according to their territorial status},
  author={Eva Ringler and Kristina Barbara Beck and Steffen Weinlein and Ludwig Huber and Max Ringler},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2017}
}
Systematic infanticide of unrelated young has been reported in several animal taxa. Particular attention has been given to carnivores and primates, where infanticide is a sexually selected strategy of males to gain increased access to female mating partners. Cannibals must ensure avoiding their own offspring and targeting only unrelated young. Therefore, decision rules are needed to mediate parental and cannibalistic behaviour. Here we show experimentally that male poison frogs adjust their… CONTINUE READING
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