[MARMAM] New publication: female reproductive parameters of Mediterranean bottlenose dolphin
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.
PhD Alessia Rossi
Biology Department (Zoology - Animal Ecology) - Demography and
via A.Volta, 6 - 56126 Pisa, Italy
Cell: +393494743502. e-mail: arossi at biologia.unipi.it skype: musicale85
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