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Title: Long-term data on reproductive output and longevity in captive female common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)
Authors: Ash, Hayley
Buchanan-Smith, Hannah M
Contact Email: h.m.buchanan-smith@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: reproduction
dam longevity
litter size
colony management
marmosets
Issue Date: Nov-2014
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Ash H & Buchanan-Smith HM (2014) Long-term data on reproductive output and longevity in captive female common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), American Journal of Primatology, 76 (11), pp. 1062-1073.
Abstract: The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is widely used in biomedical research, with many housed for breeding purposes world-wide. Significant variation in reproductive output among females has been found compared to other anthropoid primates. The present study explores this reproductive variation, focusing on potential predictors of dam longevity and litter size, as well as changes over time. Back-record analysis was conducted, yielding litter information and reproductive summaries of 360 dams housed at three UK marmoset colonies over four decades (1970s-2000s). Results revealed differences among the colonies, as well as within colonies over decades, suggesting environment may play an important role. Cox proportional hazards regression analyses revealed significant effects of mean litter size and yearly production on dam longevity. Decade, mean inter-birth interval and mean dam weight were found to be significant factors explaining dam longevity when looking at colonies individually. The most commonly recorded cause of death was "poor condition." Linear regression models found that no reproductive variable was useful in explaining mean litter size, except dam weight at conception, data which was only consistently recorded at one colony. While triplets were common at all three colonies, these larger litters were consistently associated with higher infant mortality, despite human intervention to improve survival. This study increases our understanding of marmoset reproduction, and possible improvements to practical aspects of colony management to enhance survival and welfare are discussed. Am. J. Primatol. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/20475
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22293
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ash H & Buchanan-Smith HM (2014) Long-term data on reproductive output and longevity in captive female common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus), American Journal of Primatology, 76 (11), pp. 1062-1073, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajp.22293/full . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving
Affiliation: Psychology
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