Who's your daddy? Paternity testing reveals promiscuity and multiple paternity in the carnivorous marsupial Dasyurus maculatus (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae)
Four litters were sired by more than one male, and three males sired offspring in more than one litter. Known fathers had higher body mass, but not scrotal width, than males of unknown paternity status, suggesting that males may compete for access to females. Sires were less related to dams than expected by chance, and litters with multiple paternity had lower relatedness than litters sired by a single male. © 2009 The Linnean Society of London, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2009, 96, 1–7.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Institute of Wildlife Research, School of Biological Sciences A08, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia 2: School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, NSW 2052, Australia
Publication date: 2009-01-01