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Familiarity of breeding field vole (Microtus agrestis) females does not affect their space use and demography of the population

Jyrki Pusenius and Jussi Viitala
Annales Zoologici Fennici
Vol. 32, No. 2 (1995), pp. 217-223
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23735528
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Familiarity of breeding field vole (Microtus agrestis) females does not affect their space use and demography of the population
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Abstract

We livetrapped enclosed field vole populations with either familiar or unfamiliar founder females in a twofold replicated experiment. The familiar females were kept together in small arenas for two months before the experiment. The unfamiliar ones had no former experience of each other. Home range size, nearest neighbour distance and the behaviour towards other breeding females was similar between the treatments. The same was true for the number of recruits produced, maturation rate and persistence probabilities. Our results suggest that familiarity between breeding females has no important effects in Microtus agrestis.

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