Reproductive biology of female Amazonian brocket deer in northeastern Peru

Hurtado-Gonzales, Jorge Luis and Bodmer, Richard E. (2006) Reproductive biology of female Amazonian brocket deer in northeastern Peru. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 52 (3). pp. 171-177. ISSN 1612-4642. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The aim of this study was to provide information on the reproductive biology of brocket deer. Hence, we analyzed female reproductive tracts collected by rural hunters from 1991 to 1998 in the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Communal Reserve, northeastern Peruvian Amazon. We characterized the basic reproductive biology of brocket deer, analyzed whether the distributions of conceptions and births are aseasonal, and compared their reproductive productivity in two different areas subject to heavy and slight hunting pressures, respectively. We found that: (1) red and gray brocket deer did not differ in ovulation, fertilization, and pregnancy rates; (2) average number of fetuses per birth was 1.2 for red brocket deer and one for gray brocket deer; (3) sex of fetuses suggests a male biased sex ratio for both species; (4) neither species shows reproductive seasonality; and (5) gross productivity does not differ between heavily and slightly hunted areas. Our results indicate that brocket deer exhibit reproductive characteristics similar to their conspecifics in other parts of their native distribution range.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: ISI Document Delivery No.: 059BP Times Cited: 0 Cited Reference Count: 29
Uncontrolled keywords: Mazama; brocket deer; reproductive productivity; aseasonal reproduction
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: C.G.W.G. van-de-Benderskum
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2008 10:58
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