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Wen-San Huang, Si-Min Lin, Sylvain Dubey and David A. Pike Predation drives interpopulation differences in parental care expression Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Version of Record online: 12 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12015

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Studying a unique long-tailed skink population, the authors show that local ecological factors can influence the evolution of parental care in a single population of a widespread species, and that the expression of parental care can be plastic. This questions a widely held assumption that whether or not parental care is expressed within a single species is an evolved, fixed trait.

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