Ecology and social behaviour of Mongolian gerbils,Meriones unguiculatus, at Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China

@article{Agren1989EcologyAS,
  title={Ecology and social behaviour of Mongolian gerbils,Meriones unguiculatus, at Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China},
  author={G. A˚gren and Q. Zhou and Wei Zhong},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1989},
  volume={37},
  pages={11-27}
}

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