Paternity and paternal care in the polygynandrous Smith's longspur

  • Briskie J
  • Montgomerie R
  • Põldmaa T
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JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact Abstract In species where females copulate with more than one male during a single breeding attempt, males risk investing in offspring that are not their own. In the polygynandrous Smith's longspur (Calcarius pictus), fe-males copulate sequentially with one to three males for each clutch of eggs and most of these males later assist in feeding the young. Using multilocus DNA profiling, we determined that there was mixed paternity in > 75%0 of broods (n-= 31) but that few offspring (

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  • Birds
  • DNA profiling
  • Mating systems
  • Parental care
  • Paternity

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  • James V. Briskie

  • Robert Montgomerie

  • Tarmo Põldmaa

  • Peter T. Boag

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