Severe inbreeding depression in collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis).

  title={Severe inbreeding depression in collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis).},
  author={Loeske E B Kruuk and Ben C Sheldon and Juha Meril{\"a}},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={269 1500},
The causes and magnitude of inbreeding depression are of considerable importance for a wide range of issues in evolutionary and conservation biology, but we have only a limited understanding of inbreeding depression in natural populations. Here, we present a study of inbreeding in a large wild population of collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis). Inbreeding was rare, to the extent that we detected only 1.04% of 2139 matings over 18 years that resulted in offspring with a non-zero inbreeding… CONTINUE READING
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