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Hormones, parasites and male mating tactics in Alpine chamois: identifying the mechanisms of life history trade-offs

Authors
  • Corlatti, Luca
  • Béthaz, Stéphanie
  • von Hardenberg, Achaz
  • Bassano, Bruno
  • Palme, Rupert
  • Lovari, Sandro
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Accepted Date
Jul 30, 2012
Volume
84
Issue
4
Pages
1061–1070
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012507
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

Highlights► Alternative mating tactics (AMTs) may entail differential fitness payoffs. ► We explore possible costs associated with AMTs in rutting male chamois. ► Greater mating effort in territorial males linked to greater parasitism. ► Androgens mediate the trade-off between reproductive effort and immune response. ► These results hint at potential life history trade-offs between AMTs in chamois.

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