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Life history patterns and biology of the slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) in the Kalahari Desert


Graw, Beke; Manser, Marta B (2016). Life history patterns and biology of the slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) in the Kalahari Desert. Journal of Mammalogy:Epub ahead of print.

Abstract

The mongoose family (Herpestidae) has provided a wealth of data on life history patterns and behavior of its more social species but little is known about the many solitary mongoose species. Here, we provide the 1st long-term data on life history patterns and the biology of the solitary slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. Slender mongooses are strictly diurnal, solitary foragers, opportunistically hunting vertebrates and invertebrates. Life history patterns, such as a prolonged period of offspring dependence, including age at 1st emergence, at 1st foraging, and at weaning, compared to social meerkats (Suricata suricatta), seem to be an adaptation to their mainly solitary life style.

Abstract

The mongoose family (Herpestidae) has provided a wealth of data on life history patterns and behavior of its more social species but little is known about the many solitary mongoose species. Here, we provide the 1st long-term data on life history patterns and the biology of the solitary slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. Slender mongooses are strictly diurnal, solitary foragers, opportunistically hunting vertebrates and invertebrates. Life history patterns, such as a prolonged period of offspring dependence, including age at 1st emergence, at 1st foraging, and at weaning, compared to social meerkats (Suricata suricatta), seem to be an adaptation to their mainly solitary life style.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:20 December 2016
Deposited On:13 Feb 2017 07:39
Last Modified:23 Apr 2017 05:12
Publisher:American Society of Mammalogists
ISSN:0022-2372
Funders:University of Zurich
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyw178

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