Journal article

Fine-scale genetic structure and dispersal in cooperatively breeding apostlebirds

Iain A Woxvold, Greg J Adcock, Raoul A Mulder

MOLECULAR ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2006


In cooperatively breeding species, restricted dispersal of offspring leads to clustering of closely related individuals, increasing the potential both for indirect genetic benefits and inbreeding costs. In apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea), philopatry by both sexes results in the formation of large (up to 17 birds), predominantly sedentary breeding groups that remain stable throughout the year. We examined patterns of relatedness and fine-scale genetic structure within a population of apostlebirds using six polymorphic microsatellite loci. We found evidence of fine-scale genetic structure within the study population that is consistent with behavioural observations of short-distance dispersal..

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