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Niclas Vallin, Yuki Nonaka, Jue Feng and Anna Qvarnström Relative performance of hybrid nestlings in Ficedula flycatchers: a translocation experiment Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.472

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We combined experimental data (cross-fostering) and long-term breeding data from a young Ficedula flycatcher hybrid zone to assess whether life-history divergence causes environmentally dependent effects on hybrid nestlings. We show that life-history divergence can induce environmentally dependent relative fitness of hybrid offspring, and we argue that this will influence the amount and direction of gene flow between the two parental species.

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