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1 November 2003 PARENTAGE, MULTIPLE PATERNITY, AND BREEDING SUCCESS IN GUNNISON'S AND UTAH PRAIRIE DOGS
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Feasibility of assigning parentage using variable microsatellite loci was assessed for 2 species of prairie dogs. Parentage was determined from 7 microsatellite loci for 46% of juveniles born during 1994 in a colony of Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni), and for 53% and for 45% of juveniles born during 1996 and 1997, respectively, in a colony of Utah prairie dogs (C. parvidens). Frequency of multiple paternity estimated for Gunnison's (77%) and Utah (71% and 90%) prairie dogs was greater than that detected previously for black-tailed prairie dogs (5%–10%) but within the range reported for other ground-dwelling squirrels. Of the 84 adult females and 33 adult males present during 1994 in the colony of Gunnison's prairie dogs, 75 (89%) and 22 (67%), respectively, produced weaned offspring. Breeding success for Utah prairie dogs was relatively low in 1996 (45% for females and 32% for males) but increased in 1997 (80% for females and 81% for males).

Michelle L. Haynie, Ronald A. Van Den Bussche, John L. Hoogland, and Dennis A. Gilbert "PARENTAGE, MULTIPLE PATERNITY, AND BREEDING SUCCESS IN GUNNISON'S AND UTAH PRAIRIE DOGS," Journal of Mammalogy 84(4), 1244-1253, (1 November 2003). https://doi.org/10.1644/BRB-109
Accepted: 1 December 2002; Published: 1 November 2003
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