An experimental test of hypotheses explaining social segregation in dimorphic ungulates

@article{Michelena2004AnET,
  title={An experimental test of hypotheses explaining social segregation in dimorphic ungulates},
  author={Pablo Michelena and Pierre Marie Bouquet and Agnes Dissac and Vincent Fourcassi{\'e} and R. Ram{\'i}rez Bon},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={68},
  pages={1371-1380}
}
In many sexually dimorphic ungulates, adults spend most of their time in single-sex groups outside the mating season. We tested two hypotheses proposed to explain this social segregation. The activity budget hypothesis predicts that females spend more time grazing than males, and that activity synchrony is higher within single-sex than mixed-sex groups. The social affinity hypothesis states that higher spatial proximity and aggregation within the sexes results from sexual differences in… CONTINUE READING
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