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The relationship between altitude and group size in mountain baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus)

Henzi, S. P.; Dyson, M. L. and Deenik, A. (1990). The relationship between altitude and group size in mountain baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus). International Journal of Primatology, 11(4) pp. 319–325.

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Abstract

Twenty-seven troops were counted during a 1989 census of the mountain baboon population at Giants Castle Game Reserve. In contrast to earlier findings, and despite a similar population structure, we found no relationship between group size and altitude. We argue that this is a consequence of long-term population processes whereby groups split as they grow larger and, in some cases, as their home ranges expand upward. At these high altitudes, smaller groups are eventually subjected to environmental conditions that destroy them. We propose that the high-altitude slopes act as a demographic sink.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1990 Plenum Publishing Corporation
ISSN: 1573-8604
Keywords: baboon; Papio; demography; population dynamics; ecology; altitude
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 44563
Depositing User: Miranda Dyson
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 07:56
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44563
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