Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater)

Dietrich V, Schmoll T, Winkel W, Epplen JT, Lubjuhn T (2004)
JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 145(4): 327-333.

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Despite substantial research effort, the benefits of female extra-pair matings in socially monogamous bird species remain elusive. The "good genes" hypothesis assumes that females engage in extra-pair copulations with males of superior genetic quality compared to their respective social mate. Therefore, a negative association between the degree of cuckoldry and male survival is predicted, if genetic quality is phenotypically reflected by high viability. Furthermore, genetic sires of extra-pair offspring (EPO) should survive better than the social fathers they cuckolded. We tested these predictions in a nestbox population of the coal tit (Parus ater), a socially monogamous passerine with low breeding dispersal and high rates of extra-pair paternity (EPP). Based on 257 genotyped first broods of two consecutive years, we found no relationship between the incidence of EPP or the proportion of EPO within a given brood and male or female recapture probabilities. Furthermore, recapture rates did not differ between social and genetic fathers of EPO or males that did or did not appear as extra-pair sires in other broods. Our results were not affected by differential (short-range) breeding dispersal with respect to EPP or by other potentially confounding variables. Hence, they are not in accordance with the "good genes as viability genes" hypothesis.
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Dietrich V, Schmoll T, Winkel W, Epplen JT, Lubjuhn T. Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater). JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY. 2004;145(4):327-333.
Dietrich, V., Schmoll, T., Winkel, W., Epplen, J. T., & Lubjuhn, T. (2004). Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater). JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 145(4), 327-333.
Dietrich, V., Schmoll, T., Winkel, W., Epplen, J. T., and Lubjuhn, T. (2004). Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater). JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 145, 327-333.
Dietrich, V., et al., 2004. Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater). JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 145(4), p 327-333.
V. Dietrich, et al., “Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater)”, JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, vol. 145, 2004, pp. 327-333.
Dietrich, V., Schmoll, T., Winkel, W., Epplen, J.T., Lubjuhn, T.: Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater). JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY. 145, 327-333 (2004).
Dietrich, V, Schmoll, Tim, Winkel, W, Epplen, JT, and Lubjuhn, T. “Cuckoldry and recapture probability of adult males are not related in the socially monogamous coal tit (Parus ater)”. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY 145.4 (2004): 327-333.
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