• Inbreeding, immune defence and ectoparasite load in different mockingbird populations and species in the Galápagos Islands

      Hoeck, Paquita E. A.; Keller, Lukas F. (2012)
      ...Using 26 microsatellite loci and genetic data from museum specimens and contemporary samples, we calculated short‐term and long‐term inbreeding in 13 different mockingbird populations covering the range of all 4 species in the Galápagos Islands and compared them with three different measures of innate immunity and ectoparasite load. We found no significant effect of either measure of inbreeding on natural antibody or complement enzyme titres, heterophil‐lymphocyte ratio or feather louse abundance....