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Type: Journal article
Title: Frequency of breeding and recruitment in the Short-beaked echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus
Author: Rismiller, P.
McKelvey, M.
Citation: Journal of Mammalogy, 2000; 81(1):1-17
Publisher: American Society of Mammalogists
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 0022-2372
1545-1542
Abstract: We documented the breeding frequency of 25 wild female short-beaked echidnas, Tachyglossus aculeatus multiaculeatus, fate of young, and recruitment of subadults into a population over a 7-year period. Echidnas had 1 annual breeding period with courtship lasting 7-37 days. Females monitored were observed to mate only once per breeding season with 1 male. All females that mated produced a single fertile egg 23 days ┬▒ 1 SE after mating. Frequency of reproduction differed among individuals and years. Number of young hatched each season varied between 1 and 9. A total of 22 hatchlings was produced by 17 different females between 1990 and 1996. Seven young died before weaning, 8 were known to survive to weaning, and the fates of the remaining 7 were unknown. Number of new subadults found in the study site was comparable with the number of young known to have been produced each year.
DOI: 10.1644/1545-1542(2000)081<0001:FOBARI>2.0.CO;2
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