Maternal Effects in Relation to Helper Presence in the Cooperatively Breeding Sociable Weaver

@inproceedings{Paquet2013MaternalEI,
  title={Maternal Effects in Relation to Helper Presence in the Cooperatively Breeding Sociable Weaver},
  author={Matthieu Paquet and Rita Covas and Olivier Chastel and Chantal S. Parenteau and Claire Doutrelant},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
In egg laying species, breeding females may adjust the allocation of nutrients or other substances into eggs in order to maximise offspring or maternal fitness. Cooperatively breeding species offer a particularly interesting context in which to study maternal allocation because helpers create predictably improved conditions during offspring development. Some recent studies on cooperative species showed that females assisted by helpers produced smaller eggs, as the additional food brought by the… CONTINUE READING

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