Social Rank, Stress, Fitness, and Life Expectancy in Wild Rabbits

  title={Social Rank, Stress, Fitness, and Life Expectancy in Wild Rabbits},
  author={Dietrich von Holst and Hans Hutzelmeyer and Paul Kaetzke and Martin Khaschei and Ronald Sch{\"o}nheiter},
 Wild rabbits of the two sexes have separate linear rank orders, which are established and maintained by intensive fights. The social rank of individuals strongly influence their fitness: males and females that gain a high social rank, at least at the outset of their second breeding season, have a much higher lifetime fitness than subordinate individuals. This is because of two separate factors: a much higher fecundity and annual reproductive success and a 50% longer reproductive life span… CONTINUE READING

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