Social but not genetic monogamy is associated with greater breeding success in prairie voles

@article{Ophir2008SocialBN,
  title={Social but not genetic monogamy is associated with greater breeding success in prairie voles},
  author={A. Ophir and S. Phelps and Anna Bess Sorin and J. Wolff},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={75},
  pages={1143-1154}
}
Much attention has focused on distinguishing between social and genetic monogamy in avian taxa. However, surprisingly few studies have directly investigated this distinction among mammals. We investigated the genetic mating system of the prairie vole, Microtus ochrogaster, a popular model for mammalian monogamy and human attachment. We used space use patterns to define paired and single animals and assessed paternity using microsatellite loci. Prairie voles in this study engaged in… Expand

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