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Reproductive behavior

Behavior related to the production of offspring; it includes such patterns as the establishment of mating systems, courtship, sexual behavior, parturition, and the care of young. Successful reproductive efforts require the establishment of a situation favorable for reproduction, often require behavior leading to the union of male and female gametes, and often require behavior that facilitates or ensures the survival and development of the young; the mere union of gametes is not generally sufficient for successful reproduction. For each species, there is a complex set of behavioral adaptations that coordinate the timing and patterning of reproductive activity. Typically, this entails integration of both overt behavioral and internal physiological events in both male and female, all of which are intricately enmeshed in manners adapted to the environment in which the animals live. The behavioral patterns related to reproduction tend to be relatively stereotyped within a species, but diverse among different species—especially distantly related species. The end products of cycles of reproductive activity are viable, fertile offspring which, in turn, will reproduce and thus perpetuate the species. See Animal communication, Behavioral ecology, Ethology, Reproduction (animal)

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reproductive behavior

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The behavior patterns in different types of animals by means of which the sperm is brought to the egg and the parental care of the resulting young insured.
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Sakaluk SK (1985) Spermatophore size and its role in the reproductive behavior of the cricket, Gryllodes supplicans (Orthoptera: Gryllidae).
(2002), the higher the number of nests and the more homogenous sample sizes among nests, the higher the probability of detecting the occurrence of this latter reproductive behavior. Thus, these factors should be observed in a multiple mating study in order to obtain more reliable data about the rates of multiple paternities found in a population.
Reproductive behavior of thalassemic couples segregating for Cooley anemia.
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This is surprising considering the key role played by estradiol in the control of olfactory reproductive behavior in female rodents [58].
Thus, it is an excellent springboard for exploring more advanced topics in reproductive behavior that build upon the underlying concept of sex differences.
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Neural mechanisms of female reproductive behavior. In: Adler, N., Pfaff.
Henry David, a longtime advocate for reproductive rights, spent more than 40 years promoting women's rights and researching reproductive behavior. His studies looked at trends in family planning and abortion, most notably in Czechoslovakia where he studied the psychological impact on women who had been denied access to abortion.

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