High frequency of polyandry in a lek mating system

@article{Lank2002HighFO,
  title={High frequency of polyandry in a lek mating system},
  author={D. Lank and C. Smith and O. Hanotte and A. Ohtonen and S. Bailey and T. Burke},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2002},
  volume={13},
  pages={209-215}
}
  • D. Lank, C. Smith, +3 authors T. Burke
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • The adaptive significance of polyandry by female birds in the absence of direct benefits remains unclear. We determined the frequencies of polyandrous mating and multiple paternity in the ruff, a lekking shorebird with a genetic dimorphism in male mating behavior. More than half of female ruffs mate with, and have clutches fertilized by, more than one male. Individual females mate with males of both behavioral morphs more often than expected. Polyandrous mating was more likely following… CONTINUE READING
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