Skip to main content
USGS - science for a changing world

Ecological and Demographic Effects on Intraspecific Variation in the Social System of Prairie Dogs

Citation

Travis, Steven E, Slobodchikoff, Constantine N, and Keim, Paul, Ecological and Demographic Effects on Intraspecific Variation in the Social System of Prairie Dogs: .

Summary

Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) are social North American ground squirrels whose social system has been shown to vary with food resource distributions, as predicted by the habitat variability-mating system model. We expanded this model to include the effects of variations in population densities, in addition to resource distributions, on both the social system and the individual mating strategies of Gunnison's prairie dogs. Specifically, we predicted that monogamy would be associated with uniform resources, regardless of population density, giving way to polygyny with increasing resource patchiness at intermediate densities, and to multiple males and females at high population densities. In addition, we predicted inbreeding [...]

Contacts

Communities

  • Upper Colorado River Basin

Tags

Provenance

From Source - Mendeley RIS Export <br> On - Wed Sep 19 08:03:42 MDT 2012

Additional Information

Identifiers

Type Scheme Key
Title Citation Ecological and Demographic Effects on Intraspecific Variation in the Social System of Prairie Dogs

Citation Extension

noteNotes
tableOfContentsTable of Contents
citationTypeMendeley

Item Actions

View Item as ...

Save Item as ...

View Item...