Category Archives: parental care

Why dad leaves his family

Conflict between moult and care in Hooded Warbler When parental care and feather replacement overlap in time, a Hooded Warbler male may abandon his family, forcing his mate to provide all remaining care for the young. The mother can handle … Continue reading

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Inequality

Red-capped plover invests more in young of opposite sex Fathers care more when they have daughters, mothers care more when they have sons. Such is the case in the red-capped plover, in which both parents divide the tasks of raising … Continue reading

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Family ties

Caring treehopper mother recognizes her offspring Females of the treehopper Alchisme grossa exhibit complex maternal care. If a mother has been separated from her offspring, she can localize and recognize them, as Daniel Torrico-Bazoberry and colleagues show. The treehopper Alchisme … Continue reading

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Suicidal care

Spiderlings consume their aunts as well as their mothers Females of the social spider Stegodyphus dumicola behave altruistically: not only mothers, but also virgin females show suicidal maternal care and are consumed by the spiderlings, Anja Junghanns and colleagues report. … Continue reading

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In need of a ride

Tadpoles are in a great hurry to get away Things go bad if sibling larvae of the splash-back poison frog Ranitomeya variabilis grow up together: only one of them will survive. So, as soon as an adult frog approaches, tadpoles … Continue reading

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Too busy to care

A successful daddy longlegs is a bad dad In Serracutisoma proximum, a species belonging to the harvestmen, the mother guards her eggs until the young have hatched. A male can do the job as well, but he does so only … Continue reading

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Gravid frog

Mother transfers nutrients to the young in her dorsal pouch Young of the live-bearing frog Gastrotheca excubitor are well taken care of. The mother carries them in a brood pouch on her back and provides them with nutrients, as Robin … Continue reading

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