Sociality as a life-history tactic of ground squirrels

  title={Sociality as a life-history tactic of ground squirrels},
  author={Kenneth B. Armitage},
Multi-variate analysis of life-history traits of 18 species of burrowing sciurids indicates that reproductive effort is determined by body-size energetics. Other traits, such as age adult weight reached, age of dispersal, length of time of gestation, were significantly correlated with body size. A principal component analysis suggested that the complex of life-history traits could be reduced to four components: body size (=weight), seasonality, specific reproductive effort, and maturity. The… CONTINUE READING
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