Behavioural mechanisms underlying the spatial dispersion of commensal Mus domesticus and grassland Mus spretus

@article{Gray1997BehaviouralMU,
  title={Behavioural mechanisms underlying the spatial dispersion of commensal
 Mus domesticus
 and grassland
 Mus spretus
 
},
  author={S. Gray and J. Hurst},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1997},
  volume={53},
  pages={511-524}
}
Mus domesticus usually exists commensally with humans, often reaching high densities in areas containing concentrated food resources. Mus spretus exists in vegetational habitats with generally scattered and seasonal food supplies. Two behavioural mechanisms could be responsible for determin- ing their spatial dispersion: (1) resident territory holders aggressively exclude intruders from attractive areas (aggressive exclusion hypothesis), or, (2) animals spread out to exploit scattered resources… Expand

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