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Age‐dependent changes in infidelity in Seychelles warblers. / Pant, Sara Raj; Hammers, Martijn; Komdeur, Jan; Burke, Terry; Dugdale, Hannah L.; Richardson, David S.

In: Molecular Ecology, Vol. 29, No. 19, 10.2020, p. 3731-3746.

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Pant, SR, Hammers, M, Komdeur, J, Burke, T, Dugdale, HL & Richardson, DS 2020, 'Age‐dependent changes in infidelity in Seychelles warblers', Molecular Ecology, vol. 29, no. 19, pp. 3731-3746. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15563

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Pant, S. R., Hammers, M., Komdeur, J., Burke, T., Dugdale, H. L., & Richardson, D. S. (2020). Age‐dependent changes in infidelity in Seychelles warblers. Molecular Ecology, 29(19), 3731-3746. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15563

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Pant, Sara Raj ; Hammers, Martijn ; Komdeur, Jan ; Burke, Terry ; Dugdale, Hannah L. ; Richardson, David S. / Age‐dependent changes in infidelity in Seychelles warblers. In: Molecular Ecology. 2020 ; Vol. 29, No. 19. pp. 3731-3746.

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