Maternal Effects in Wild Ungulates

Alastair J. Wilson and Marco Festa-Bianchet

in Maternal Effects in Mammals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226501192
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501222 | DOI:
Maternal Effects in Wild Ungulates

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This chapter reviews the evidence for maternal effects in wild ungulate populations, discussing their prevalence and the mechanisms by which they are mediated. The analysis reveals that maternal effects contribute not only to observed phenotypic diversity in wild ungulates but also in evolutionary dynamics. This chapter stresses the need to determine what specific behavioral, physiological, and genetic mechanisms mediate maternal effects and suggests that candidate gene approaches could offer a useful alternative for scrutinizing loci underlying genetic maternal effects.

Keywords: maternal effects; wild ungulates; phenotypic diversity; evolutionary dynamics; candidate gene approaches

Chapter.  8521 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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