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dc.contributor.authorDubuc, Constanceen
dc.contributor.authorClutton-Brock, Timothyen
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-18T01:42:26Z
dc.date.available2020-02-18T01:42:26Z
dc.date.issued2019-02en
dc.identifier.issn2045-7758
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/302290
dc.description.abstract© 2018 The Authors. Ecology and Evolution published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. There is increasing evidence that some vertebrates can adjust their growth rate in relation to changes in the social context that affect their probability of breeding. Here, we show that, in meerkats (Suricata suricatta), which are singular cooperative breeders, subordinate females increase in body mass after their father is replaced as the dominant male in their natal group by an immigrant male, giving them regular access to an unfamiliar and unrelated mating partner, while their brothers showed no similar increase nor did subordinate females living in other stable groups (where male immigration did not occur did) in this time period. Moreover, subordinate females showed a greater increase in growth rate when their father was succeeded by an unfamiliar immigrant male than when he was replaced by a familiar male who was already resident. These results suggest that female meerkats can adjust their rate of growth to changes in the kinship composition of their groups that provide them with increased access to unrelated breeding partners, which may occur in other mammals as well when breeding opportunities change.
dc.description.sponsorshipNatural Environment Research Council European Research Council
dc.format.mediumElectronic-eCollectionen
dc.languageengen
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleMale immigration triggers increased growth in subordinate female meerkats.en
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage1134
prism.issueIdentifier3en
prism.publicationDate2019en
prism.publicationNameEcology and evolutionen
prism.startingPage1127
prism.volume9en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.49363
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-11-12en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1002/ece3.4801en
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-02en
dc.contributor.orcidDubuc, Constance [0000-0001-8855-2923]
dc.contributor.orcidClutton-Brock, Timothy [0000-0001-8110-8969]
dc.identifier.eissn2045-7758
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
pubs.funder-project-idNERC (NE/G006822/1)
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (294494)
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) ERC (742808)


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