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Title
No sexual differences in embryonic period in jackdaws and black-headed gulls : **Larus ridibundus**
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Abstract
Offspring survival probability usually decreases with hatching order, especially in species with brood reduction. Brood reduction in combination with a sex difference in embryonic period (the time between laying and hatching of an egg) can potentially have a profound effect on sex allocation, with higher investment in chicks of the early hatching sex because they are more likely to survive to fledge. Two recent studies reported sex differences in the embryonic period, but compared embryonic period between, rather than within, clutches, which does not control for possible environmental effects on both clutch sex ratio and embryonic period. We compared the embryonic period of sons and daughters within clutches in jackdaws Corvus monedula and black-headed gulls Larus ridibundus, two species with frequent brood reduction, and found no sexual difference in embryonic period. This suggests that sex allocation is not affected by sex differences in embryonic period in these species, but more studies are required to verify whether this is a general pattern.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of avian biology. - Copenhagen
Publication
Copenhagen : 2006
ISSN
0908-8857
Volume/pages
37:1(2006), p. 19-22
ISI
000235238000004
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Last edited 08.04.2017
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