Multiple paternity in free-living root voles (Microtus oeconomus).

  title={Multiple paternity in free-living root voles (Microtus oeconomus).},
  author={Anetta Borkowska and Zbigniew Borowski and Kamil Krysiuk},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
  volume={82 2},
We used 10 microsatellite loci to determine the mating system and male reproductive success in a natural population of the root vole (Microtus oeconomus). By genotyping 21 females and their 111 offspring (5.28+/-0.27 S.E. pups per female), we found evidence for multiple paternity in 38% of the litters sired by two or three males. Paternity was not significantly skewed away from the null expectation of equal proportions of offspring sired in any of the multiple-sired litters, and the most… CONTINUE READING

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