A Flexible Body Mass in Social Carnivores

  title={A Flexible Body Mass in Social Carnivores},
  author={Michael Earle},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={755 - 760}
  • Michael Earle
  • Published 1 May 1987
  • Environmental Science
  • The American Naturalist
Increased hunting efficiency and the ability to pursue relatively large prey have generally been considered among the primary benefits of carnivore sociality (Kruuk 1972; Schaller 1972; Kleiman and Eisenberg 1973; Eisenberg 1981; McNab 1983). These advantages were documented by Caraco and Wolf (1975) and Nudds (1978), who examined the interaction between hunting efficiency of foraging groups of different sizes and the energetic returns to individual hunters from various prey species. Recently… 

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