Kin discrimination and female mate choice in the naked mole-rat Heterocephalus glaber

Kin discrimination and female mate choice in the naked mole-rat Heterocephalus glaber


FM Clarke, CG Faulkes

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences (1999/10/7) 266(1432):1995-2002

Naked mole-rats are fossorial, eusocial rodents that naturally exhibit high levels of inbreeding. Persistent inbreeding in animals often results in a substantial decline in fitness and, thus, dispersal and avoidance of kin as mates are two common inbreeding avoidance mechanisms. In the naked mole-rat evidence for the former has recently been found. Here we address the latter mechanism by investigating kin recognition and female mate choice using a series of choice tests in which the odour, social and mate preferences of females …


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