Oecologia

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 341–354 | Cite as

Biomass and production of large African herbivores in relation to rainfall and primary production

  • M. J. Coe
  • D. H. Cumming
  • J. Phillipson
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Summary

Standing crop biomass, energy expenditure and production by large mammalian herbivores in the African savannas show a high degree of correlation with mean annual precipitation and predicted above ground primary production. These relationships possess the potential for predicting carrying capacity and protein production from simple meteorological data.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Coe
    • 1
  • D. H. Cumming
    • 2
  • J. Phillipson
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Ecology Research GroupDepartment of ZoologyOxford
  2. 2.Department of National Parks and WildlifeSalisburyRhodesia

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