Mate fidelity and intra-lineage polygyny in greater horseshoe bats

Mate fidelity and intra-lineage polygyny in greater horseshoe bats


Stephen J Rossiter, Roger D Ransome, Christopher G Faulkes, Steven C Le Comber, Gareth Jones

Nature (2005/9/15) 437(7057):408-411

Mating strategies that lead to increased kinship within socially cooperative groups may offer inclusive fitness benefits to individuals 1, 2, 3, but can also result in higher levels of inbreeding 4, 5, 6. Here we show in a sexually segregated bat species that females avoid this conflict through two mating behaviours. First, most females revisit and breed with specific, individual males across years, so that their single offspring born in different years are full siblings. Second, relatives in the maternal line, including mothers and daughters, …


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DOI: 10.1038/nature03965

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