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TupaiA Field Study of Bornean Treeshrews$
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Louise Emmons

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222915

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222915.001.0001

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Life History

Life History

(p.169) Chapter 10 Life History

Louise H. Emmons

University of California Press

This chapter examines the life history of treeshrews. It describes the absentee system of parental care in treeshrews, their birth seasonality, and the reproductive output of individual females. The chapter investigates the growth rates of young treeshrews, the age at first reproduction, the seasonal patterns of adult weight, and the persistence or survivorship of individuals. It reveals that treeshrews' explosive reproductive potential from continual breeding, rapid growth, and early sexual maturity seen in laboratory treeshrews is not realized in the wild, where discontinuous breeding, slow growth, and late maturation are more typical.

Keywords:   life history, treeshrews, parental care, birth seasonality, reproductive output, growth rates, adult weight, reproductive potential, sexual maturity

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