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The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids$
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David W. Macdonald and Claudio Sillero-Zubiri

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515562.001.0001

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Bat-eared foxes

Bat-eared foxes

Bat-eared foxes ‘insectivory’ and luck: lessons from an extreme canid

(p.227) CHAPTER 14 Bat-eared foxes
The Biology and Conservation of Wild Canids

Barbara Maas

David W. Macdonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study of bat-eared foxes in the Serengeti in order to shed light on the questions: how does their behaviour differ from that of other canids, and why? Topics discussed include group composition, dispersal, and philopatry; litter size, sex ratio, and reproductive success; energetics of female reproduction; rabies and mortality; and resources and sociality.

Keywords:   bat-eared foxes, Serengeti, canids, group composition, dispersal, philopatry, female reproduction, mortality, sex ratio, reproductive success

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