Relationship between Conception Date and Latitude in Muskoxen
Keywords:Ovibos, season, calving, reproduction, conception, latitude, Arctic
AbstractIt has been suggested that muskoxen calve earlier with increasing latitude but the available data do not seem to have been thoroughly analyzed. Therefore, estimated conception dates (K=657) from a wide range of latitudes were compared. The results indicate that conceptions occur about a month earlier in the arctic than at temperate latitudes. This conclusion is consistent with reported observations of mating behaviour and calving season.
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