Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Jerry R. Choate
Intrapopulational variation was assessed for 14 cranial measurements in 205 specimens of the San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica). Variance components analysis revealed little secondary sexual variation relative to variation with age or individual variation. Both Tukey’s studentized range test and principal components analysis showed that subadult and adult males and females can be pooled for taxonomic study of geographic variation of these foxes. Old adults are significantly larger than subadults and adults and should be analyzed separately. The puppy age class is extremely variable and is not a useful for taxonomic analysis.
Copyright 1988 Jerry W. Dragoo
Dragoo, Jerry W., "Systematic and Evolutionary Relationships Among North American Arid-Land Foxes" (1988). Master's Theses. 2056.