Relatedness and social organization of coypus in the Argentinean pampas.

  title={Relatedness and social organization of coypus in the Argentinean pampas.},
  author={Juan Ignacio T{\'u}nez and M. Laura Guich{\'o}n and Daniela Centr{\'o}n and Anne P. Henderson and Colin M Callahan and Marcelo Hern{\'a}n Cassini},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={18 1},
Behavioural and trapping studies of the social organization of coypus have suggested the occurrence of kin groups and a polygynous mating system. We used 16 microsatellite markers to analyse parentage and relatedness relationships in two populations (Jáuregui and Villa Ruiz) in the Argentinean Pampas. At Jáuregui, a dominant male monopolized most paternities, leading to a high variance in reproductive success between males and a high level of polygyny. At Villa Ruiz, variance in reproductive… CONTINUE READING