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Research Letters in Ecology
Volume 2008, Article ID 498390, 5 pages
Research Letter

Shared Reproductive State Enhances Female Associations in Dolphins

Marine Mammal Research Group, Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

Received 9 July 2007; Accepted 27 December 2007

Academic Editor: Daniel I. Rubenstein

Copyright © 2008 Luciana M. Möller and Robert G. Harcourt. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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