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Cover, food, competitors and individual densities within bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus female clan home ranges

  • We examined factors predicting female densities within the common home ranges of related females ("clans") in bushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus Pallas, 1776. In this species, each female forms an individual home range, but the home ranges of matrilineal clan members strongly overlap. We found female densities to increase in areas with high canopy cover. Moreover, individual home range sizes tended to decrease with increasing cover. Food plant availability and intruder pressure by two heterospecific competitors did not significantly affect female densities. Apparently, canopy cover is the major limited resource in this species. A possible explanation is that both adult bushbuck and - even more markedly - fawns hide from predators in dense vegetation, in particular in thicket clumps and coalescences. The study shows an effect of habitat properties (eg sufficient canopy cover) on a within-population level in bushbuck, where female densities differ even among proximate clan areas

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Author:Torsten Wronski, Ralph TiedemannORCiDGND, Ann Apio, Martin Plath
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2006
Year of Completion:2006
Release Date:2017/03/24
Source:Acta theriologica. - 51 (2006), 3, S. 319 - 326
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Biochemie und Biologie
Peer Review:Referiert