Seasonal dynamic pattern of spacial territory in social groups of plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae)

Jiapeng Qu, Kexin Li, Min Yang, Wenjing Li, Yanming Zhang, Andrew T. Smith

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Abstract

From May to August of 2005 and 2006, the home range and core area within social groups of plateau pikas ( Ochotona curzoniae) were studied in Maqin Country, Qinghai Province, by mark-recapture and minimum convex polygon methods. Home range and core area sizes were significantly different among different months. In May and June home range sizes of adults were significantly larger than those of juveniles, but there were no significant differences in core area sizes between them; in July, home range and core area sizes of adults and first-litter juveniles were significantly larger than those of second-litters. In May and June home range sizes of adult males were significantly larger than those in July and August; in June and July, home range sizes of adult females were significantly larger than those in May and August. There was a significant positive correlation between home range or core area sizes and the number of plateau pikas within social groups. The results indicated that season and social group structure each had a great effect on spacial territory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-220
Number of pages6
JournalActa Theriologica Sinica
Volume27
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Core area
  • Home range
  • Plateau pika (Ochotona curzoniae)
  • Seasonal dynamics
  • Social group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Qu, J., Li, K., Yang, M., Li, W., Zhang, Y., & Smith, A. T. (2007). Seasonal dynamic pattern of spacial territory in social groups of plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae). Acta Theriologica Sinica, 27(3), 215-220.