Ungulate community structure and ecological processes: body size, hoof area and trampling in African savannas

@article{Cumming2003UngulateCS,
  title={Ungulate community structure and ecological processes: body size, hoof area and trampling in African savannas},
  author={David H. M. Cumming and Graeme S Cumming},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2003},
  volume={134},
  pages={560-568}
}
A wide range of bioenergetic, production, life history and ecological traits scale with body size in vertebrates. However, the consequences of differences in community body-size structure for ecological processes have not been explored. We studied the scaling relationships between body mass, shoulder height, hoof area, stride length and daily ranging distance in African ungulates ranging in size from the 5 kg dik-dik to the 5,000 kg African elephant, and the implications of these relationships… CONTINUE READING
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