Partnerships in the social system of a small macropod marsupial, the quokka ( Setonix brachyurus ) Ian G. McLean 1,2,4) , Elissa Z. Cameron 1,2,3,5) , Wayne L. Linklater 1,2,6) , Natalie T. Schmitt 1,2) & Karin S.M. Pulskamp 1,2,7) ( 1 Department of Zoology, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6907, Australia; 2 Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, West Perth, WA 6005, Australia; 3 Mammal Research Institute, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa) (Accepted: 23 May 2008) Summary We detail the social behaviour of the quokka, a small macropod marsupial. Most of the study population were habituated to humans, and were individually marked, and weighed regularly. Males formed a dominance hierarchy and interacted regularly. Heavier males were the most dominant, and spent most time with females. There was a tendency for males to defend a female after mating, but not at other times. Females rarely initiated interactions and appeared to avoid associating with other females. Males routinely attempted to form liaisons with females, but most liaisons lasted for < 10 min. Consistency in the liaisons formed indicated partner preferences (‘consorts’), and these lasted at least two breeding seasons. Females formed a
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: SOCIAL SYSTEM; MARSUPIAL; SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
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