The social organization and breeding system of Brants' whistling rat (Parotomys brantsii)

@article{Jackson1999TheSO,
  title={The social organization and breeding system of Brants' whistling rat (Parotomys brantsii)},
  author={T. P. Jackson},
  journal={Journal of Zoology},
  year={1999},
  volume={247},
  pages={323-331}
}
Brants' whistling rat Parotomys brantsii is a gregarious rodent that undergoes marked population fluctuations every few years. Previous studies have variously described them as solitary or social. In this field study, based on direct observations, the social structure and breeding system of a population that almost quadrupled over 7 months was investigated. At the onset of the breeding season, the animals were solitary, each occupying a separate warren. By the end of the breeding season, there… 
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