Growth in Body Length and Mass of the Florida Panther: An Evaluation of Different Models and Sexual Size Dimorphism

  title={Growth in Body Length and Mass of the Florida Panther: An Evaluation of Different Models and Sexual Size Dimorphism},
  author={Tad M. Bartareau and Dave Onorato and Deborah Jansen},
Abstract Knowledge of growth in body dimension and mass is important to understanding fundamental elements of wildlife biology and ecology. We evaluated five classical growth models (Gompertz, Logistic, Monomolecular, Richards, and von Bertalanffy) in describing body length and mass growth curves as a function of age to determine which best fit wild Puma concolor coryi (Florida Panther). When used for inferences on body length and mass growth curves of both genders, the von Bertalanffy function… Expand
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