The comparative energetics and growth strategies of sympatric Antarctic and subantarctic fur seal pups at Iles Crozet.

  • J P Y Arnould, Sebastián P. Luque, +3 authors S A Shaffer
  • Published 2003 in The Journal of experimental biology
The period of maternal dependence is a time during which mammalian infants must optimise both their growth and the development of behavioural skills in order to successfully meet the demands of independent living. The rate and duration of maternal provisioning, post-weaning food availability and climatic conditions are all factors likely to influence the… (More)