Spacing system of the Tundra vole (Microtus oecomonus) during the breeding season in Canada's western Arctic

Xavier Lambin, Charles J Krebs, Beth Scott

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Abstract

We studied the spacing system of a population of tundra voles, Microtus oeconomus, living in wet meadows near Pearce Point, Northwest Territories, using both radiotelemetry and live trapping. The home ranges of sexually active males were larger than female home ranges and males had no spatial overlap with each other. Most females overlapped with other females but with only one male. The mating system was therefore probably polygynous. We suggest that the mating and spacing systems of this species in summer are a consequence of the differences in natal philopatry between females and males.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2068-2072
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal Of Zoology/Revue Canadien De Zoologie
Volume70
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992

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Microtus oeconomus
Microtus
tundra
breeding season
Arctic region
spacing
spatial distribution
Canada
home range
Northwest Territories
philopatry
radiotelemetry
radio telemetry
mating systems
reproductive strategy
meadow
meadows
trapping
summer

Keywords

  • CLETHRIONOMYS-RUFOCANUS
  • SPATIAL-ORGANIZATION
  • MATING SYSTEM
  • FIELD VOLE
  • DISPERSAL
  • AGRESTIS
  • TERRITORIALITY
  • TOWNSENDII
  • DENSITY

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