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Influence of prey dispersion on territory and group size of African lions: a test of the resource dispersion hypothesis.

Abstract:

Empirical tests of the resource dispersion hypothesis (RDH), a theory to explain group living based on resource heterogeneity, have been complicated by the fact that resource patch dispersion and richness have proved difficult to define and measure in natural systems. Here, we studied the ecology of African lions Panthera leo in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, where waterholes are prey hotspots, and where dispersion of water sources and abundance of prey at these water sources are quantifiabl...

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10.1890/12-0018.1

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Loveridge, AJ More by this author
MacDonald, DW More by this author
Journal:
Ecology
Volume:
93
Issue:
11
Pages:
2490-2496
Publication date:
2012-11-05
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ISSN:
0012-9658
URN:
uuid:2591a062-58f7-404e-9e5a-166b14697264
Source identifiers:
366975
Local pid:
pubs:366975

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