Social structures, genetic structures and dispersal strategies in Australian rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) populations

@article{Richardson2001SocialSG,
  title={Social structures, genetic structures and dispersal strategies in Australian rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) populations},
  author={Brian K. Richardson and Royce Hayes and Shanda Wheeler and M. Yardin},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={51},
  pages={113-121}
}
In this study, the pattern of movement of young male and female rabbits and the genetic structures present in adult male and female populations in four habitats was examined. The level of philopatry in young animals was found to vary between 18–90% for males and 32–95% for females in different populations. It was skewed, with more males dispersing than females in some but not all populations. Analysis of allozyme data using spatial autocorrelation showed that adult females from the same social… CONTINUE READING

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