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pa·ter·ni·ty

(pə-tûr′nĭ-tē)
n.
1. The state of being a father; fatherhood.
2. Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.
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Finally, the knowledge of the occurrence of multiple paternities in various taxa is important to establish the extent of this phenomenon and to improve the understanding of its role in reproductive strategies and success.
When multiple paternities were involved, male parent contribution to the brood was relatively even.
1997) showed that female snow crabs [Chionoecetes opilio (Fabricius, 1788)] mate with multiple males providing the opportunity for multiple paternities.