Intrinsic rate of natural increase in Neotropical forest mammals: relationship to phylogeny and diet
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- Robinson, J.G. & Redford, K.H. Oecologia (1986) 68: 516. doi:10.1007/BF00378765
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The relationship of diet and phylogeny to the intrinsic rate of population increase (rmax) was examined in a sample of 39 mammalian species that live in Neotropical forests. Diets of species did not predict their rmax, contrary to published predictions based on associations between basal metabolic rate and diet and between basal metabolic rate and rmax. Phylogeny did however, apparently because life history characteristics and susceptibility to predation vary predictably with phylogeny and with one another.