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Sophisticated sperm allocation in male fowl.

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When a female is sexually promiscuous, the ejaculates of different males compete for the fertilization of her eggs; the more sperm a male inseminates into a female, the more likely he is to fertilize her eggs. Because sperm production is limited and costly, theory predicts that males will strategically allocate sperm (1) according to female promiscuity, (2) saving some for copulations with new females, and (3) to females producing more and/or better offspring. Whether males allocate sperm in ...

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10.1038/nature02004

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Cornwallis, CK More by this author
Løvlie, H More by this author
Jakobsson, S More by this author
Birkhead, TR More by this author
Journal:
Nature
Volume:
426
Issue:
6962
Pages:
70-74
Publication date:
2003-11-05
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EISSN:
1476-4687
ISSN:
0028-0836
URN:
uuid:0a1329c6-de19-4ff5-acfc-b753ef797bff
Source identifiers:
209326
Local pid:
pubs:209326

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