Adaptive Geometry of Burrow Spacing in Two Pocket Gopher Populations

@inproceedings{Reichman1982AdaptiveGO,
  title={Adaptive Geometry of Burrow Spacing in Two Pocket Gopher Populations},
  author={Omer James Reichman and Thomas G. Whitham and George Andrew Ruffner},
  year={1982}
}
The configuration and spacing of the burrows of fossorial pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) were analyzed at two sites in northern Arizona. The burrows represent a tremendous energetic investment and are used for almost all activities of the rodents throughout their lives. Burrow length, home range area, perimeter, and number of adjacent neighbors were significantly higher for repro- ductive males than for females or nonreproductive males in the population. Spacing within and be- tween… CONTINUE READING

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