Sex biases in trapped samples of Mustelidae

S. W. Buskirk, S. L. Lindstedt

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Sex ratios significantly different from 1:1 usually are observed in trap captures of mustelids, consistently skewed toward males. This apparent sampling bias generally has been attributed to sexual dimorphism of home-range sizes in mustelids, postulated to result in greater exposure of males to traps. Small mustelids exhibit more strongly skewed sex ratios in trap captures than do large ones. Sex-specific behaviors, either resulting from sexual differences in territory packing, or in the way that animals respond to traps that they perceive, are hypothesized to be contributing causes of differences in rates of capture between sexes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-97
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mammalogy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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