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Nonaggressive behavior : A strategy employed by an obligate nest invader to avoid conflict with its host species

Nonaggressive behavior : A strategy employed by an obligate nest invader to avoid conflict with its host species

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HUGO, Helder, Paulo F. CRISTALDO, Og DESOUZA, 2020. Nonaggressive behavior : A strategy employed by an obligate nest invader to avoid conflict with its host species. In: Ecology and Evolution. Wiley. 10(16), pp. 8741-8754. eISSN 2045-7758. Available under: doi: 10.1002/ece3.6572

@article{Hugo2020Nonag-48528, title={Nonaggressive behavior : A strategy employed by an obligate nest invader to avoid conflict with its host species}, year={2020}, doi={10.1002/ece3.6572}, number={16}, volume={10}, journal={Ecology and Evolution}, pages={8741--8754}, author={Hugo, Helder and Cristaldo, Paulo F. and DeSouza, Og} }

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