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Relationships between mating system, spatial behaviour, and genetic variation in ungulates, with special reference to European cervids

Apollonio, Marco (1998) Relationships between mating system, spatial behaviour, and genetic variation in ungulates, with special reference to European cervids. Acta Theriologica, Vol. 43 (Suppl. 5) , p. 155-162. ISSN 0001-7051. Article.

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Abstract

The relationship between mating system and genetic variation in ungulates is examined in the light of behavioural and ecological data on selected species. Overall results confirm that a model based on increasing genetic variability with decreasing degree of polygyny is realistic. However, this generalization presents a number of difficulties due to (i) species with populations that adopt different mating systems (ii) populations with males adopting different mating strategies (iii) species with similar mating systems but different rut duration, and these must be considered. In conclusion, the difficulty in conducting this kind of comparative studies and the need to restrict comparisons to rather closely related taxa (ie within families) where sound behavioural and ecological data are available are evidenced.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:424
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mating system, genetic variation, ungulates
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/05 Zoologia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Zoologia e genetica evoluzionistica
Publisher:Polish Academy of Sciences, Mammal Research Institute
ISSN:0001-7051
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:02

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