Genetic relatedness and space use in a behaviorally flexible species of marmot, the woodchuck (Marmota monax)

  title={Genetic relatedness and space use in a behaviorally flexible species of marmot, the woodchuck (Marmota monax)},
  author={Christine R. Maher},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • C. R. Maher
  • Published 3 March 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Solitary species show several patterns of space use and relatedness. Individuals may associate randomly or may live near female or male kin, often as a result of natal philopatry or dispersal patterns. Although usually described as solitary or asocial, woodchucks (Marmota monax) are behaviorally flexible marmots that exhibit greater sociality in some populations than others. I examined relationships between kinship, geographic distance, and home range overlap, as well as dispersal and… 

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