Limited male incubation ability and the evolution of egg size in shorebirds

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Lislevand, Terje; Thomas, Gavin H.;
  • Publisher: The Royal Society
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2005.0428, pmc: PMC1618901
  • Subject: Research Article | Incubation | :Matematikk og Naturvitenskap: 400::Zoologiske og botaniske fag: 480 [VDP] | Egg size | Waders | Brood patch | Shorebirds
    mesheuropmc: embryonic structures

In bird species where males incubate but are smaller than females, egg size may be constrained by male body size, and hence ability to incubate the eggs. Using data from 71 such shorebird species, we show that egg size decreases as the degree of female-biased sexual siz... View more
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