Mating Strategy in the Male Common Dolphin (Delphinus Delphis): What Gonadal Analysis Tells Us

  • Murphy S
  • Collet A
  • Rogan E
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Notes similarities in the evolution and compares elephants and sperm whales in terms of the social behaviour, family bonding, sound communication and the utilization of available habitat. In a remarkable number of ways, including life history and ranging behaviour, sperm whales and elephants resemble each other, closest found in their complex and unsusal, but comparable social organization. In both species, the females live in highly social family units that rely on well developed communications, and the much large males live separate, more solitary lives, roving between female groups during the breeding season and delaying breeding under they are large and dominate.

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  • cetaceans
  • mating systems
  • promiscuity
  • reproductive seasonality
  • rut

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  • S. Murphy

  • A. Collet

  • E. Rogan

  • Linda Weilgart

  • Hal Whitehead

  • Katharine Payne

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