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Title:

Footedness in foraging muskoxen Ovibos moschatus

Creator:

Schaefer, J. A. ; Messier, F.

Place of publishing:

Białowieża

Date issued/created:

1997

Description:

Authors investigated the propensity for the wild muskoxen Ovibos moschatus (Zimmerman, 1780) to exhibit right or left bias in foreleg use while foraging during winter. Authors found little evidence of such leterlisation, either on the individual or population level. Only 3 of 40 animals exhibited significant right- or left-footedness, and the distribution across the population for use of either limb was near 50%. Time-series analysis revealed that lateralisation of paw use was sequentially dependent. Muskoxen tended to use the same paw for one ensuring bout, but were also inclined tp switch sides over durations of 4 bouts. The lack of lateral bias, at least for this behaviour, contrasts with the general, emerging pattern for the Mammalia.

Subject and Keywords:

behaviour ; footedness ; lateralisation ; Ovibos moschatus ; Piżmowół

Relation:

Acta Theriologica

Volume:

42

Issue:

3

Start page:

335

End page:

338

Resource Type:

Article

Format:

PDF

Resource Identifier:

10.4098/AT.arch.97-34

Source:

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Language:

eng ; Sum. eng.

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund

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