Activity Patterns in Small Mammals: An Ecological Approach by Stefan Halle, Nils Chr. Stenseth (auth.), Prof. Dr. Stefan

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By Stefan Halle, Nils Chr. Stenseth (auth.), Prof. Dr. Stefan Halle, Prof. Dr. Nils Christian Stenseth (eds.)

Environmental stipulations swap significantly during 24 h with appreciate to abiotic components and intra- and interspecific interactions. those alterations lead to constrained time home windows of chance for animal actions and, consequently, the query of whilst to do what's topic to health maximisation.
This quantity supplies a present evaluate of theoretical issues and empirical findings of job styles in small mammals, a bunch within which the full of life and ecological constraints are rather serious and the variety of task styles is very excessive. Following a comparative ecological method, for the 1st time job timing is for that reason handled by way of behavioural and evolutionary ecology, offering the conceptual framework for chronoecology as a brand new subdiscipline inside behavioural ecology. an intensive Appendix provides an creation to equipment of task modelling and to instruments for statistical trend analysis.

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Bartness and H. Elliott Albers driven by an endogenous clock and termed 'circannual' (Gwinner 1986). The location of the anatomical site of the endogenous clock that drives the circannual rhythms is unknown, but it does not appear to be solely the SCN or to be tightly coupled to the SCN (Zucker et al. 1983; Dark et al. 1985, 1990). g. Pengelley and Fisher 1963). Interestingly, the circadian diurnal rhythm of wheel-running activity is influenced by the circannual timing system of golden-mantled ground squirrels (Lee et al' 1986), but not in antelope ground squirrels (Kenagy 1978; see below for a more detailed discussion of the former).

Thus, temperature compensation may be an important, but not ubiquitous, trait of circadian clocks in mammals. 3 Physiological Influences on the Circadian Clock In addition to environmental factors, several physiological variables can influence the speed at which the clock runs. Gonadal hormones can produce changes in the free-running period in both male and female rodents. Reductions in circulating concentrations of testosterone produced by castration shortens the free-running period and administration of testosterone to castrated mice lengthens the period (Daan et al.

The optimum will also depend on what other individuals - both of the same and of other species - do. Hence, the establishment of characteristic activity patterns can only reasonably be analysed within the conceptual framework of evolutionarily stable strategies, ESS (Maynard-Smith 1982). Questions about the relevance of ecological constraints for activity timing can certainly not be answered in terms of universally valid statements about small mammal behaviour. Priorities for decision making will vary depending on species and life style, and it cannot be excluded that optimal temporal strategies may even differ within species and populations, between males and females or between juveniles and adults for instance.

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