Seasonal variation in grouping patterns of the forest-dwelling Cyprus mouflon Ovis orientalis

Authors

  • Fiona G. Maisels

    1. I.C.A.P.B., Edinburgh University, Kings Buildings, Edinburgh
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    • *Université de Rennes, Station Biologique de Paimpont, F-35380 Plélan le Grand, France


Abstract

The seasonal variations in grouping patterns of the forest-dwelling Cyprus mouflon were examined over the annual cycle. Most of the trends observed in the size and composition of groupings agree with previous work on open-country living sheep. The main difference between Cyprus mouflon, which live in forest, and wild sheep living in open country, was in the overall group size, which is smaller in Cyprus mouflon. In fact, in their overall group size, Cyprus mouflon seem to follow the pattern of other forest-dwelling ungulates.

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