Innovative parental care in a myrmecophageous mammal

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dc.contributor.author Le Roux, A.
dc.contributor.author Beishuizen, R.
dc.contributor.author Brekelmans, W.
dc.contributor.author Ganswindt, Andre
dc.contributor.author Paris, Monique
dc.contributor.author Dalerum, Fredrik
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-11T07:05:05Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-11T07:05:05Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03
dc.description.abstract Male bat-eared foxes, Otocyon megalotis, are known to contribute extensively to parental care. Yet, the exact roles that males and females play in raising offspring remain relatively unexplored. Here, we describe interactions between adult foxes and their presumed offspring based on a pilot study on three family groups of a wild population in South Africa. We report the first recorded instance of dung provisioning observed in canids. A male bat-eared fox provided dung to his offspring during a foraging trip, presumably to give them access to the ensconced insects. Further,this male provisioned the young foxes with large, live insects. Similar to other researchers, we never observed provisioning by females, but the females in this population did interact socially with their young in addition to suckling.We emphasize the importance of anecdotal reports of novel behavioural responses in wild canids, as an accumulation of such evidence may reveal patterns of innovative behaviour presently unrecognized in this family. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship NRF focal area grant awarded to Professor Elissa Cameron, an NRF SARCHi Chair in Mammal Behavioural Ecology and Physiology awarded to Professor Nigel Bennett and NRF incentive funds as well as a research fellowship from the University of Pretoria awarded to F. Dalerum. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://link.springer.com/journal/10211 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Le Roux, A, Beishuizen, R, Brekelmans, W, Ganswindt, A, Paris, M & Dalerum, F 2014, 'Innovative parental care in a myrmecophageous mammal, Acta Ethologica, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 63-66. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0873-9749 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1437-9546 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/s10211-013-0157-1
dc.identifier.other G-9856-2014
dc.identifier.other 6507085906
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/45457
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
dc.rights © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg and ISPA 2013. The original publication is http://link.springer.com/journal/10211 en_ZA
dc.subject Canidae en_ZA
dc.subject Dung provisioning en_ZA
dc.subject Myrmecophagy en_ZA
dc.subject Otocyon megalotis en_ZA
dc.subject Parental care en_ZA
dc.title Innovative parental care in a myrmecophageous mammal en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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