Vigilance as a benefit of intermittent locomotion in small mammals

  title={Vigilance as a benefit of intermittent locomotion in small mammals},
  author={Andrew G McAdam and Donald L. Kramer},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
In many animal species, locomotion is frequently interrupted by brief pauses. This intermittent locomotion is usually considered a mode of prey search, but other possible functions include reduced detection or attack by predators and improved endurance. We tested the hypothesis that pauses also serve to improve vigilance for predators in two species of sciurid rodent. Videotaping animals travelling between food-collecting and food-hoarding sites revealed that numerous short pauses comprise 5-38… CONTINUE READING
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