Parent Cannibalism of Offspring and Egg Raiding as a Courtship Strategy

@article{Rohwer1978ParentCO,
  title={Parent Cannibalism of Offspring and Egg Raiding as a Courtship Strategy},
  author={S. Rohwer},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1978},
  volume={112},
  pages={429 - 440}
}
  • S. Rohwer
  • Published 1978
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
In fish, and possibly other groups, egg-guarding males may benefit from the consumption of some of their own genetic offspring by remaining in good condition for subsequent brood cycles. This parasitism of the female's great cytoplasmic commitment to reproduction generates conflicts of interest which provide an evolutionary explanation of several previously enigmatic behavioral patterns. The fundamental conflict obtains from females trying to minimize their egg loss by laying for males that… Expand
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