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Captive breeding does not alter brain volume in a marsupial over a few generations

Guay, Patrick-Jean and Parrott, M and Selwood, L (2012) Captive breeding does not alter brain volume in a marsupial over a few generations. Zoo Biology, 31 (1). pp. 82-86. ISSN 0733-3188

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Abstract

Many marsupials are listed as either endangered or critically endangered in Australia, and captive breeding has been identified as a major strategy in the conservation and management of some of these species [e.g. Wilson et al., 2003]. It is thus very important to determine the effects of captive breeding on the marsupial brain. Here, we investigate the impacts of short-term captive breeding (up to seven generations) on brain size in a small dasyurid marsupial, the stripe-faced dunnart (Sminthopsis macroura), to determine the suitability of captive breeding as a source of animals for marsupial reintroductions.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24984, ResPubID25949, Australian marsupials, reintroduction, domestication, stripe-faced dunnart, Sminthopsis macroura
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0604 Genetics
FOR Classification > 0608 Zoology
FOR Classification > 0702 Animal Production
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 03:15
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 03:24
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/10422
DOI: 10.1002/zoo.20393
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