Communal egg-laying in reptiles and amphibians: evolutionary patterns and hypotheses.

  title={Communal egg-laying in reptiles and amphibians: evolutionary patterns and hypotheses.},
  author={John Doody and Steve Freedberg and J Scott Keogh},
  journal={The Quarterly review of biology},
  volume={84 3},
Communal egg-laying is widespread among animals, occurring in insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds, just to name a few. While some benefits of communal egg-laying may be pervasive (e.g., it saves time and energy and may ensure the survival of mothers and their offspring), the remarkable diversity in the life histories of the animals that exhibit this behavior presents a great challenge to discovering any general explanation. Reptiles and amphibians offer ideal systems for… CONTINUE READING
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