Extrapair Paternity and Maternity in the Three-Toed Woodpecker, Picoides tridactylus: Insights from Microsatellite-Based Parentage Analysis

@inproceedings{Li2009ExtrapairPA,
  title={Extrapair Paternity and Maternity in the Three-Toed Woodpecker, Picoides tridactylus: Insights from Microsatellite-Based Parentage Analysis},
  author={Meng-hua Li and Kaisa V{\"a}lim{\"a}ki and Markus Piha and Timo P. M. Pakkala and Juha Meril{\"a}},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2009}
}
Molecular techniques have revealed that avian mating systems are more diverse and complex than previously thought. We used microsatellite markers to determine genetic parentage, the prevalence of extrapair paternity and quasi-parasitism (i.e. situations where a male's extrapair mate lay in his nest) in a socially monogamous population of three-toed woodpeckers (Picoides tridactylus) in southern Finland. A total of 129 adults and nestlings, representing 5-9 families annually from 2004-2007, were… CONTINUE READING
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