Evolutionary Ecology

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 309-311

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Is maximum sustainable yield independent of body size for mammals (and others)?

  • Eric L. CharnovAffiliated withDepartment of Biology, University of Utah

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Provided carrying capacity (K) for non-primate mammals scales with the −0.75 power of adult body weight (W), MSY (in weight) should be approximately one-sixth ofC, whereC is defined byK =CW −0.75.


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