Multiple paternity in the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)

J. L. Harry*, D. A. Briscoe

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    Genotypic ratios within clutches of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) embryos, from the Mon Repos rookery (Queensland), deviate significantly from the Mendelian ratios expected on the null hypothesis of single paternity. One-third of all clutches provide evidence for multiple insemination, indicating that multiple mating constitutes the major breeding pattern for C. caretta. Clutches from two females Indicate that C. caretta females may mate between nestings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-99
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Heredity
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1988


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