The role of early experience in the development of specialized and diverse preferences for foraging techniques by white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus)

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Keith Randal Fulk (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Timothy D. Johnston

Abstract: Investigations of foraging behavior (within the Neo-Darwinian framework of Optimal Foraging Theory) have focused on the economic choices made by adult animals. Little research has been directed toward the development of these choice strategies. The objectives of the present study were to provide an evolutionary framework for individual diversity in foraging behavior, and to asses the roles of practice with a difficult foraging technique, the opportunity to compare techniques, and food scarcity on the development of preferences for foraging techniques by white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Each of the 4 experiment used a different regimen of juvenile experience with 3 foraging tasks, and tested adult efficiency and diversity of preference.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Peromyscus leucopus $x Experiments
Animals $x Food

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