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Promiscuity and high level of multiple paternity in common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis): data from microsatellite markers

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Little is known about the mating system of the common wall lizard Podarcis muralis. Behavioural and observational data have demonstrated that females frequently mate with multiple males. However, the possible occurrence of multiple paternity has never been investigated. By using microsatellite paternity analysis in a wild population, we document this species indeed mate promiscuously and these matings resulted in multiple paternity in at least 87% of the clutches examined.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Ecology and Evolution, Biology Building, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland; Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Rue du Bugnon 19, CH-1005 Lausanne, Switzerland; 2: Department of Ecology and Evolution, Biology Building, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland; 3: Rutgers University, Department of Animal Sciences, 84 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA


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