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Reproduction growth and development in the yucatan deer mouse peromyscus yucatanicus



Reproduction growth and development in the yucatan deer mouse peromyscus yucatanicus



Journal of Mammalogy 57(4): 638-655



Measures of reproduction, growth and development were monitored in a laboratory population of neotropical Yucatan deer mouse P. yucatanicus, over an 18 mo. period. Supplementary data on reproduction were obtained from field studies, a literature survey and museum specimens. In addition to these studies, information on embryo counts was obtained from the literature and from museum specimens from the P. mexicanus species-group. The reproductive pattern of P. yucatanicus differs from the other Peromyscus spp. with a generally northern distribution, in length of breeding season, which is thought to be year-round in P. yucatanicus, and in the gestation period of non-lactating females, longest yet reported for Peromyscus sp. All other aspects of reproduction studied were similar to those of various northern species. Rates of growth and development were slower than those reported for most northern species; in many respects, rates for P. yucatanicus were remarkably similar to those in the pinon mouse, P. truei. There was a strong negative feedback of large litters on rates of growth and development in P. yucatanicus, suggesting a long history of close regulation of litter size to .apprx. 3 offspring. The pattern of reproduction, growth and development in this species is examined in the light of the species ecology apparently unique in the P. mexicanus species-group.

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DOI: 10.2307/1379436


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