The Biology of Lemmings

The Biology of Lemmings

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A number of questions, both truly scientific and also of popular mythology, have surrounded the biology of lemmings, and a large amount of research has been carried out on them. Despite this, much remains to be resolved, and although the myth of the suicidal rodent can now be dispelled, the facts behind the population behaviour of lemmings still require further study. In this book, Stenseth and Ims have brought together a number of contributions from both North America and Europe which review current understanding of the taxonomy, population biology, feeding and community ecology of lemmings. The chapters are grouped into theme sections, each being prefaced by an introductory review by the editors in order to present a coherent overview of the subject. Finally, six appendices give detailed advice on how to study lemmings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 704 pages
  • 190 x 273 x 31.75mm | 1,565g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0126660204
  • 9780126660203

Table of contents

The history of lemming research - from the Nordic sagas to "The Biology of Lemmings"; lemmings - who are they, where do we find them and where do they come from?; population dynamics in lemming - temporal and spatial variation; food selection, individual growth and reproduction; intra and interspecific relations; population biology of wood lemmings with skewed sex ratio; the biology of lemmings - where are we and where might it be rewarding to go next? Appendices: how to study the biology of lemmings.
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