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Timing of oviposition enables dominant female burying beetles to destroy brood-parasitic young

Authors
  • Eggert, Anne-Katrin
  • Müller, Josef K.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Accepted Date
Aug 09, 2011
Volume
82
Issue
6
Pages
1227–1233
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.09.001
Source
Elsevier
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Abstract

Highlights ► We document the occurrence and effects of infanticidal behaviour in brood-parasitic associations of female burying beetles. ► We hypothesized that reproductive skew in Nicrophorus vespilloides is largely due to infanticide by dominants. ► Reproductive skew was primarily due to temporally cued infanticide by dominants, as predicted. ► Our results provide the first documentation of the primary mechanism of reproductive dominance in N. vespilloides.

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