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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/460

Title: The effects of toe clipping on the survival of the meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)
Authors: Pavone, Leo
Boonstra, Rudy
Issue Date: 1985
Publisher: National Research Council Canada
Citation: Can. J. Zool. 63: 499-501
Abstract: A total of 68 pairs of female and 72 pairs of male voles were used to examine the effect of toe clipping on the survival of Microtus pennsylvanicus. Toe clipping did not significantly influence female life-span (average difference in life-span was 0.1 weeks) (p > 0.05), but did lower male life-span (p = 0.07). On average, toe-clipped male voles lived 2.1 weeks less than the controls. We suggest that the difference, although not statistically significant, may be biologically important. Shortening of life-span may have been a result of increased movement by toe-clipped males, brought upon by vole-vole interactions, into unfamiliar, possibly suboptimal habitats where increased mortality may have occurred.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/460
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