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Games among cannibals: competition to cannibalize and parent-offspring conflict lead to increased sibling cannibalism.

Abstract:

Sibling cannibalism occurs in many species, yet understanding of sibling cannibalism as an adaptation currently lags behind understanding of other antagonistic interactions among siblings. Observed sibling cannibalism phenotypes likely reflect the interaction between competitive games among siblings and parent-offspring conflict. Using a game-theoretic approach, we derive optimal offspring cannibalism behaviour and parental modifiers that limit or facilitate cannibalism. The results are compa...

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Journal:
Journal of evolutionary biology
Volume:
18
Issue:
6
Pages:
1523-1533
Publication date:
2005-11-05
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EISSN:
1420-9101
ISSN:
1010-061X
URN:
uuid:eda1ecd2-7b1f-4860-b7dc-897b8f243f28
Source identifiers:
420301
Local pid:
pubs:420301

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