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Heritability and adaptive significance of the number of egg-dummies in the cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni

Heritability and adaptive significance of the number of egg-dummies in the cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni

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LEHTONEN, Topi K., Axel MEYER, 2011. Heritability and adaptive significance of the number of egg-dummies in the cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 278(1716), pp. 2318-2324. ISSN 0962-8452. eISSN 1471-2954

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