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Title: Habitat and reproductive phenology of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the western Iberian Peninsula
Authors: Santos, P.
Fernández-Llario, P.
Fonseca, C.
Monzón, A.
Bento, P.
Soares, A.M.V.M.
Mateus-Quesada, Petrucci-Fonseca
Keywords: Sus scrofa
birth frequency distribution
hunting season
Mediterranean Ibero Atlantic Province
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Abstract: We examined the reproductive phenology of wild boar populations in four regions of the western Iberian Peninsula during the 1999/2000 hunting season (October to February). To estimate conception dates and birth distribution frequencies, we used foetal weights. Regions differed significantly and we detected a relationship between region and birth distribution frequencies. Throughout the year, food availability had a major influence on the distribution of farrowing. Although a short period of high food availability leads to highly synchronous births, even in relatively harsh environmental conditions, adult females that exploit low-quality food items appear to be able to give birth at any time of the year.
Type: article
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