Social effects of space availability on the breeding behaviour of elephant seals in Patagonia

@article{Baldi1996SocialEO,
  title={Social effects of space availability on the breeding behaviour of elephant seals in Patagonia},
  author={Ricardo Baldi and Claudio Campagna and Silvia Torres Pedraza and Burney J. Le Boeuf},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1996},
  volume={51},
  pages={717-724}
}
The Patagonian breeding colony of southern elephant seals, Mirounga leonina, of Península Valdés, Argentina is characterized by long, continuous, homogeneous and spacious beaches. Reproduction in this colony occurs at the lowest group densities reported for the species. The availability of ample space resulted in the dispersion of reproductive females along 160 km of coastline, with a range of 0–300 reproductive individuals per km. Females grouped together in small harems (median=11 females… CONTINUE READING
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