Inbreeding: one word, several meanings, much confusion

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Three different biological meanings of inbreeding are discussed: 1) inbreeding as a measure of shared ancestry in the paternal and maternal lineages of an individual; 2) inbreeding as a measure of genetic drift in a finite population; and 3) inbreeding as a measure of system of mating in a reproducing population. The distinction and use of these different measures of inbreeding are discussed and illustrated with the North American captive population of Speke's gazelle Gazella spekei. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-105
Number of pages15
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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