High frequency of multiple paternity in the largest rookery of Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles

@article{Zbinden2007HighFO,
  title={High frequency of multiple paternity in the largest rookery of Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles},
  author={Judith A. Zbinden and Carlo R. Largiad{\`e}r and Fabio Leippert and Dimitris Margaritoulis and Rapha{\"e}l Arlettaz},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2007},
  volume={16}
}
Mating systems are a central component in the evolution of animal life histories and in conservation genetics. The patterns of male reproductive skew and of paternal shares in batches of offspring, for example, affect genetic effective population size. A prominent characteristic of mating systems of sea turtles seem to be a considerable intra‐ and interspecific variability in the degree of polyandry. Because of the difficulty of observing the mating behaviour of sea turtles directly in the open… 

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