oa African Zoology - Reproduction in the yellow mongoose revisited

Volume 27, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Previous reports on female reproduction in yellow mongooses, based on anatomical examination of specimens, concluded that this species is monoestral but with an extended breeding period. Our long-term studies on known females provide clear evidence of the production of two litters annually within a period of 2-4 months, females initiating a new oestrus cycle while still lactating. We present a biological explanation for the adaptive significance of polyoestry in this species based on a unique mode of infant nutrition for viverrids.

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