Hurry-up and hatch: selective filial cannibalism of slower developing eggs

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    Abstrakti

    Filial cannibalism (the consumption of one's own offspring) is thought to represent an adaptive strategy in many animals. However, little is known about the details of which offspring are consumed when a parent cannibalizes. Here, we examined patterns of within-brood filial cannibalism in the sand goby (Pomatoschistus minutus). Males spawned sequentially with two females, and we asked whether males cannibalized selectively with regard to egg size or the order in which eggs were received. Males preferentially consumed the larger eggs of the second female they spawned with. Because larger eggs took longer to hatch, and because female 2's eggs were up to 1 day behind those of female 1, such preferential cannibalism might allow males to decrease the time spent caring for the current brood and re-enter the mating pool sooner. More work is needed to understand the fitness consequences of such selective cannibalism.
    AlkuperäiskieliEi tiedossa
    Sivut160–162
    Sivumäärä3
    JulkaisuBiology Letters
    Vuosikerta4
    Numero2
    DOI - pysyväislinkit
    TilaJulkaistu - 2008
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

    Keywords

    • infanticide
    • parent-offspring conflict
    • parental care

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