Data from: State-dependent cooperation in burying beetles: parents adjust their contribution towards care based on both their own and their partner’s size

Natalia Pilakouta, Jon Richardson & Per T. Smiseth
Handicapping experiments on species with biparental care show that a focal parent increases its contribution when its partner is handicapped. Such results are interpreted as evidence for negotiation, whereby each parent adjusts its amount of care to that of its partner. However, it is currently unclear whether the focal parent responds to a change in its handicapped partner's behaviour or state. To address this gap, we conducted an experiment on the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides...
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