Current brood size and residual reproductive value predict brood desertion in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides

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Ward, R. J. S. ; Cotter, S. C. ; Kilner, R. M. (2009)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press for International Society for Behavioral Ecology
  • Journal: volume 20, issue 6, pages 1,274-1,281
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1093/beheco/arp132
  • Subject: C180 Ecology | C340 Entomology | C120 Behavioural Biology | C182 Evolution | C300 Zoology | C100 Biology | C150 Environmental Biology
    mesheuropmc: behavior and behavior mechanisms | reproductive and urinary physiology | fungi

Life-history theory suggests that offspring desertion can be an adaptive reproductive strategy, in which parents forgo the costly care of an unprofitable current brood to save resources for future reproduction. In the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides, parents co... View more
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