Multiple breeding strategies in the swift fox, Vulpes velox

@article{Kitchen2006MultipleBS,
  title={Multiple breeding strategies in the swift fox, Vulpes velox
},
  author={Ann M. Kitchen and Eric M Gese and Lisette P. Waits and Seija M. Karki and Edward R. Schauster},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2006},
  volume={71},
  pages={1029-1038}
}
Little is known of the mating system of the swift fox or how it compares to other socially monogamous mammals. In a 4-year study of 188 swift foxes, we used microsatellite analysis at 11 loci along with spatial observations to investigate swift fox mating strategies. The mating strategies used by swift foxes were highly diverse. Previous field observations have indicated that the swift fox is socially monogamous. However, we found that extrapair mating was a common breeding strategy; 52% of… Expand
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