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Mate preference in wild and domesticated (game-farm) mallards: II. Pairing success

Animal Behaviour

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Abstract

Experiments were designed to determine whether assortative mating occurs in wild and game-farm mallard strains (Anas platyrhynchos). Mallard males of either strain raised with females of their own strain courted females of their own strain more than females of the opposite strain, and these males were only successful in pairing with females of their own strain. Males raised with females of the opposite strain courted wild and game-farm females with equal intensity. They were successful in pairing with females of either strain. While this study does not settle the question of possible gene flow between these two mallard populations, it does indicate that there is a potential barrier to panmixia.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Mate preference in wild and domesticated (game-farm) mallards: II. Pairing success
Series title:
Animal Behaviour
Volume
27
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1979
Language:
English
Description:
p. 417-425
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Animal Behaviour
First page:
417
Last page:
425
Number of Pages:
8