Life History

Louise H. Emmons

in Tupai

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222915
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925045 | DOI:
Life History

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This chapter examines the life history of treeshrews. It describes the absentee system of parental care in treeshrews, their birth seasonality, and the reproductive output of individual females. The chapter investigates the growth rates of young treeshrews, the age at first reproduction, the seasonal patterns of adult weight, and the persistence or survivorship of individuals. It reveals that treeshrews' explosive reproductive potential from continual breeding, rapid growth, and early sexual maturity seen in laboratory treeshrews is not realized in the wild, where discontinuous breeding, slow growth, and late maturation are more typical.

Keywords: life history; treeshrews; parental care; birth seasonality; reproductive output; growth rates; adult weight; reproductive potential; sexual maturity

Chapter.  11320 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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