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Annual production of a cottontail population

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

Adult females in a cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) population produced seven or eight litters during the 1961 breeding season. A synchrony of the conception dates was maintained throughout the breeding season. Data about ovulation rate, prenatal mortality, and litter size for each litter are presented. The first litter was smallest, averaging about three young, and the remaining litters ranged between five and six young. The last four litters may be slightly smaller than the second and third litters of the season. The total annual production of young by an adult female would be approximately 35.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Annual production of a cottontail population
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
27
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1963
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
171-193
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
171
Last page:
193
Number of Pages:
23