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Prenatal exposure to testosterone increases ectoparasite susceptibility in the common lizard (Lacerta vivipara).

Abstract:

High levels of testosterone can benefit individual fitness, for example by increasing growth rate or ornament size, which may result in increased reproductive success. However, testosterone induces costs, such as a suppressed immune system, thereby generating trade-offs between growth or mate acquisition, and immunity. In birds and reptiles, females allocate steroids to their eggs, which may be a mechanism whereby females can influence the phenotype of their offspring. To our knowledge, only ...

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Publisher copy:
10.1098/rspb.2003.2451

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Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
270
Issue:
1526
Pages:
1867-1870
Publication date:
2003-09-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:d38f8d76-f2ec-49c9-aa94-e77c23b9ce7a
Source identifiers:
209348
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pubs:209348

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