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The Temporal Parturition Patterns of Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus sifanicus)
Author of the article:MENG Xiu-Xiang1,2, YANG Qi-sen2, FENG Zuo-jian2, SHI Zhe-mei3, JIANG Ying-wen3
Author's Workplace:(1. Collgeg of Life and Environmental Sciences, Central University of Nationalities, Beijing 100081; 2. Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101; 3. Xinglongshan National Nature Reserve, Gansu Province)
Key Words:Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus sifanicus); parturition; temporal patterns; timing; Synchrony
Abstract:This study was conducted from 1997 to 2000 in Xinglongshan National Nature Reserve, Gansu Province. The birth dates of wild and captive Alpine musk deer were examined to determine fawning patterns, and potential influencing factors discussed. In the wild, parturition shows strong seasonality, and occur in three months from May to July. Most of the births (75%) occurs within 27 days period. In captivity, parturition shows constancy between years and seasonality, although with later initiation and a longer season than in the wild. Although the parturition pattern is not strongly related to age of the captives, an individual’s reproductive history seems to influence parturition timing and synchrony, and the birth date is not strongly related to the survival of the newborn.
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