Female nursing partner choice in a population of wild house mice (Mus musculus domesticus)

@inproceedings{Harrison2018FemaleNP,
  title={Female nursing partner choice in a population of wild house mice (Mus musculus domesticus)},
  author={Nicola Harrison and Anna K Lindholm and Akos Dobay and Olivia Halloran and Andri Manser and Barbara K{\"o}nig},
  booktitle={Frontiers in Zoology},
  year={2018}
}
BackgroundCommunal nursing in house mice is an example of cooperation where females pool litters in the same nest and indiscriminately nurse own and other offspring despite potential exploitation. The direct fitness benefits associated with communal nursing shown in laboratory studies suggest it to be a selected component of female house mice reproductive behaviour. However, past studies on communal nursing in free-living populations have debated whether it is a consequence of sharing the same… CONTINUE READING
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