Cristina Busch

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the maternal costs of reproduction and pup development in the subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum (Thomas 1898). Statistical differences were detected in whole-animal metabolic rates between nonreproductive and pregnant or lactating females. Whole-animal metabolic rates during pregnancy and lactation were 128%(More)
Solitary subterranean rodents with a low frequency of direct contact between conspecifics are expected to use chemical communication to coordinate social and reproductive behavior. We examined whether reproductive tuco-tucos (Ctenomys talarum) were able to discriminate the reproductive condition, sex, and source population of conspecifics by means of(More)
The genetic structure of a population provides critical insights into patterns of kinship and dispersal. Although genetic evidence of kin structure has been obtained for multiple species of social vertebrates, this aspect of population biology has received considerably less attention among solitary taxa in which spatial and social relationships are unlikely(More)
Theoretical signaling models predict that to be honest, begging vocalizations must be costly. To test this hypothesis, oxygen consumption was measured during resting and begging (i.e., vocalizing) activities in pups of the subterranean rodent Ctenomys talarum by means of open-flow respirometry. No statistical differences in individual oxygen consumption(More)
The effect of the mother's contact and huddling with nest mates on the mass-specific metabolic rate (RMR) and body temperature (T(b)) of pups of Ctenomys talarum from 2 to 45 days of age was evaluated at ambient temperatures (T(a)) within and below the adult thermoneutrality range (25 and 19 degrees C, respectively, the latter corresponding to the one(More)
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