Are cuckoos maximizing egg mimicry by selecting host individuals with better matching egg phenotypes?

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Antonov, Anton Tinchov; Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Fossøy, Frode; Ranke, Peter Sjolte; Liang, Wei; Yang, Canchao; Moksnes, Arne; Shykoff, Jacqui A.; Røskaft, Eivin;
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Journal: volume 7,issue 2issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031704, pmc: PMC3285637
  • Subject: Research Article | Biology | Veterinary Science | Veterinary Diseases | Microbiology | Medicine | Q | R | Ecology | Evolutionary Biology | Science | Zoology
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Background: Avian brood parasites and their hosts are involved in complex offence-defense coevolutionary arms races. The most common pair of reciprocal adaptations in these systems is egg discrimination by hosts and egg mimicry by parasites. As mimicry improves, m... View more
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