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1 October 2005 TIME BUDGETS, ACTIVITY PERIODS, AND BEHAVIOR OF MEXICAN FOX SQUIRRELS
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Resources that limit reproductive success differ between the sexes in many vertebrates. We used focal animal observations to determine sex-specific activity periods, time budgets, and movements of endemic Mexican fox squirrels (Sciurus nayaritensis chiricahuae) in montane forests of southeastern Arizona during June, August, and December 1994 and January 1995. Activity periods during summer were bimodal with peaks in morning and afternoon separated by a midday lull in activity; winter activity was unimodal. No sex differences were detected in activity periods, although males retired later than females in winter. Resting, feeding, and locomotion were the most common behaviors and accounted for >75% of activities of each sex. Activity by females did not differ between seasons. Males spent more time in locomotion in summer and more time feeding in winter than in other seasons. Differences in time budgets of the sexes suggest that males and females apportion daily activity to maximize access to resources that limit fitness of each sex.

John L. Koprowski and Michelle C. Corse "TIME BUDGETS, ACTIVITY PERIODS, AND BEHAVIOR OF MEXICAN FOX SQUIRRELS," Journal of Mammalogy 86(5), 947-952, (1 October 2005). https://doi.org/10.1644/1545-1542(2005)86[947:TBAPAB]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 10 March 2005; Published: 1 October 2005
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