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Variation in the mating system of oribi and its ecological determinants

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Flexibility (varying from monogamy in South Africa to polygyny in East Africa) has been documented in the mating system of the oribi (Ourebia ourebi) by several authors. To investigate this, a population was studied in Northern KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). The adult sex ratio was one male to 1.38 females and the mean group size was 2.1 (n = 13). Although monogamous and polygynous groups occurred in the study population, the polygynous groups were unstable and depended on seasonal food abunda...

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University of Liverpool
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British Academy Centenary Research Project,School of Biological Science
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Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Volume:
46
Issue:
2
Pages:
197-206
Publication date:
2008-06-01
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1365-2028
ISSN:
0141-6707
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English
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2009-03-26

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