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Heritability of tarsus length in cross-fostered European Starling broods

Author:
  • Henrik G. Smith
Publishing year: 1993
Language: English
Pages: 318-322
Publication/Series: Heredity
Volume: 71
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Macmillan

Abstract english

A cross-fostering experiment demonstrated that tarsus length of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) was heritable. The tarsus length of the foster-parent had no effect. A full-sib resemblance analysis showed that sibs were much more similar in tarsus length than explained by heritability alone. This was partly due to an effect of female mating status on offspring tarsus length. When nestling growth was retarded in secondary females' nests due to reduced male assistance, the increased environmental variation in tarsus length masked the heritability.

Keywords

  • Zoology
  • Ecology
  • cross-fostering
  • ecological genetics

Other

Published
  • ISSN: 1365-2540
Henrik Smith
E-mail: henrik.smith [at] biol.lu.se

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