Mate guarding and gallivanting by male hoary marmots (Marmota caligata)

  title={Mate guarding and gallivanting by male hoary marmots (Marmota caligata)},
  author={David P. Barash},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • D. Barash
  • Published 1 October 1981
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummarySeven years data on the vernal behavior of hoarty marmots, Marmota caligata, suggest that males engage in a two-part reproductive strategy, which consists of guarding their mates against possible copulation with additional males, and also gallivanting — wandering about in search of additional reproductive opportunities for themselves. Data are presented which support seven predictions derived from the assumption that mate guarding and gallivanting are parts of a reproductive strategy by… 
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