Communal denning of cliff chipmunks (Tamias dorsalis)

Allyssa L. Kilanowski, John Koprowski

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Abstract

Rodents are a diverse group that display a range of social systems. Cliff chipmunks (Tamias dorsalis) are documented as solitary across their range; however, we report here observations of communal denning outside of the breeding season in southeastern Arizona. We radiocollared and tracked nursing females and their offspring to locate nocturnal dens from June to October 2013 and 2014. We observed codenning in juvenile siblings, and juveniles and adults. Our social denning observations indicate that cliff chipmunks demonstrate behavioral plasticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-251
Number of pages4
JournalSouthwestern Naturalist
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2016

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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