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Where are the beachmasters? Unexpectedly weak polygyny among southern elephant seals on a South Shetland Island
ABSTRACTIntraspecific variation in animal mating systems can have important implications for ecological, evolutionary and demographic processes in wild populations. For example, patterns of mating can impact social structure, dispersal, effective population size and inbreeding. However, few species have been studied in sufficient detail to elucidate mating system plasticity and its dependence on ecological and demographic factors. Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) have long beendoi:10.1101/2021.05.20.444924 fatcat:l57afwrtnjc2rcp6cqhswzjo4m