Female-directed aggression predicts paternal behavior, but female prairie voles prefer affiliative males to paternal males.

@article{Ophir2008FemaledirectedAP,
  title={Female-directed aggression predicts paternal behavior, but female prairie voles prefer affiliative males to paternal males.},
  author={Alexander G Ophir and Ondi L Crino and Quiana C Wilkerson and Jerry O. Wolff and Steven M Phelps},
  journal={Brain, behavior and evolution},
  year={2008},
  volume={71 1},
  pages={32-40}
}
In the socially monogamous prairie vole, Microtus ochrogaster, male affiliation and parental care are influenced by the neuropeptide arginine vasopressin and expression of its receptor V1aR. If parental care and adult affiliation can be considered a behavioral syndrome, females might use male affiliative behavior as a cue to choose a good father. We investigated three questions: (1) do females prefer affiliative males; (2) do males that are affiliative with females demonstrate paternal behavior… CONTINUE READING

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