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dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Chris
dc.contributor.authorManser, Marta B
dc.contributor.authorClutton-Brock, Tim
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-07T11:11:55Z
dc.date.available2022-01-07T11:11:55Z
dc.date.issued2021-11
dc.identifier.issn2045-7758
dc.identifier.otherPMC8571573
dc.identifier.other34765119
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/332290
dc.descriptionFunder: MAVA Foundation
dc.descriptionFunder: Universität Zürich
dc.description.abstractIn many social vertebrates, variation in group persistence exerts an important effect on individual fitness and population demography. However, few studies have been able to investigate the failure of groups or the causes of the variation in their longevity. We use data from a long-term study of cooperatively breeding meerkats, Suricata suricatta, to investigate the different causes of group failure and the factors that drive these processes. Many newly formed groups failed within a year of formation, and smaller groups were more likely to fail. Groups that bred successfully and increased their size could persist for several years, even decades. Long-lived groups principally failed in association with the development of clinical tuberculosis, Mycobacterium suricattae, a disease that can spread throughout the group and be fatal for group members. Clinical tuberculosis was more likely to occur in groups that had smaller group sizes and that had experienced immigration.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherWiley
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceessn: 2045-7758
dc.sourcenlmid: 101566408
dc.subjectTuberculosis
dc.subjectGroup size
dc.subjectSociality
dc.subjectCooperative Breeding
dc.subjectGroup Failure
dc.subjectGroup Persistence
dc.titleDecline and fall: The causes of group failure in cooperatively breeding meerkats.
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2022-01-07T11:11:54Z
prism.endingPage14474
prism.issueIdentifier21
prism.publicationNameEcol Evol
prism.startingPage14459
prism.volume11
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.79737
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-02-28
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1002/ece3.7655
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.contributor.orcidDuncan, Chris [0000-0002-3202-8599]
dc.identifier.eissn2045-7758
pubs.funder-project-idNatural Environment Research Council (NE/G006822/1)
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (294494)
pubs.funder-project-idEuropean Research Council (742808)
cam.issuedOnline2021-10-12


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