Association patterns and kinship in female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) of southeastern Australia

@article{Mller2006AssociationPA,
  title={Association patterns and kinship in female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) of southeastern Australia},
  author={Luciana M. M{\"o}ller and Luciano Bellagamba Beheregaray and Simon J. Allen and Robert G. Harcourt},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={61},
  pages={109-117}
}
Kinship has been shown to be an important correlate of group membership and associations among many female mammals. In this study, we investigate association patterns in female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) inhabiting an embayment in southeastern Australia. We combine the behavioral data with microsatellite DNA and mitochondrial DNA data to test the hypotheses that genetic relatedness and maternal kinship correlate with associations and social clusters. Mean association… 
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