The evolution of cooperative breeding in Canidae: Implications for extinction risk

Principal Investigators:

Patricia D. Moehlman

Family Canidae is composed of approximately 36 species. Seven of these species are extinct or threatened with extinction. These seven species all have a mean body mass of over 13 kilograms. Why do larger canids apparently face a higher extinction risk? This book will examine the role of body mass and ecology in the evolution of cooperative breeding in Family Canidae and the implications for population viability. Long-term research on a medium sized canid, e.g. jackals, will provide data sets on kinship, territory tenureship (survival), and relative... more

Participants and Meetings

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow1st October 2001—30th September 2002Participant List  
Undergraduate Intern12th June—30th September 2002Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Patricia D. Moehlmantan.guides@habari.co.tz
Mark Villanuevamvilla@umail.ucsb.eduUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProduct of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Moehlman, Patricia D. 2005. Endangered wild equids. Scientific American. Vol: March. Pages 86-93.
"The evolution of cooperative breeding in Canidae: Implications for extinction risk" is project ID: 4480