Metabolic Adaptation to Climate and Distribution of the Raccoon Procyon Lotor and Other Procyonidae
Excerpt: ... expected rmax (111% of predicted; Table 10 ). The life history feature that enhances Nasua narica's reproductive potential, and increases rmax beyond expected, is its large litter size. In this species females live in bands. Each year just before their young are born these bands break up, and each female seeks out a den for herself and Pg 20 her litter. Once the young are able to leave the den (approximately five weeks), bands reform. In this situation, females not only care for their own young but also for those of other females in the band (Kaufmann, 1962:157-159, 1982, 1987; Russell, 1983). This social structure may contribute to this species' ability to produce large litters and in this way increase its reproductive potential. Table 10.
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