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1 May 2003 BODY WEIGHT AND RUMEN–RETICULUM CAPACITY IN TULE ELK AND MULE DEER
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The relationship between body size and rumen–reticulum capacity among conspecific individuals is predicted to be isometric. We examined whether the relationship between body weight and rumen–reticulum capacity was isometric in adult male and female tule elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes) and in adult female mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). We detected no effect of sex on this relationship in elk, and the slope of the regression was 1.0 for one measure of rumen–reticulum capacity and <1.0 for another. Among deer, the slope of the relationship was <1.0 in one measure of rumen–reticulum capacity, and we detected no relationship with the other.

Floyd W. Weckerly, Vernon C. Bleich, Cheryl-Lesley Barbara Chetkiewicz, and Mark A. Ricca "BODY WEIGHT AND RUMEN–RETICULUM CAPACITY IN TULE ELK AND MULE DEER," Journal of Mammalogy 84(2), 659-664, (1 May 2003). https://doi.org/10.1644/1545-1542(2003)084<0659:BWARRC>2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 9 September 2002; Published: 1 May 2003
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