[MARMAM] New publication: female reproductive parameters of Mediterranean bottlenose dolphin

Alessia Rossi arossi at biologia.unipi.it
Wed Jun 14 06:26:11 PDT 2017

Dear MARMAM subscribers,
My co-authors and I are pleased to share with you our recent 

Alessia Rossi, Ester Scordamaglia, Michela Bellingeri, Guido Gnone, 
Silvio Nuti, Francesca Salvioli, Piero Manfredi, Giovanni Santangelo. 
(2017). Demography of the bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus 
(Mammalia: Delphinidae) in the Eastern Ligurian Sea (NW Mediterranean): 
quantification of female reproductive parameters. The European 
Zoological Journal. 84(1): 294-302.

The reproductive histories of 41 adult bottlenose dolphin females were 
analysed using photo-identification data collected between 2006 and 2014 
in four sub-areas of the eastern Ligurian Sea (northwestMediterranean). 
The Rapallo sub-area revealed the highest (highly significant) frequency 
of encounters (per unit effort) of reproductive females in association 
with young individuals, therefore emerging as a candidate nursery area 
in the region. The estimated fertility rate of adult females ranged 
between 290 and 407 births per 1000 individuals per year, higher than 
that of other known bottlenose dolphin populations, with a calving 
interval between 2.45 and 3.5 years. These results will be useful for 
projecting future trends of this (sub)population.

This paper is open source and is accessed through the link:
For any problems, do not hesitate to contact me; I will be glad to send 
you a pdf copy.
Kind regards
Alessia Rossi

PhD Alessia Rossi
Biology Department (Zoology - Animal Ecology) - Demography and 
Conservation Laboratory
via A.Volta, 6 - 56126 Pisa, Italy
Cell: +393494743502. e-mail: arossi at biologia.unipi.it skype: musicale85

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