A Bayesian change-point model for describing partial semelparity of a neotropical didelphid marsupial
Cibele Queiroz DA-SILVA
Antonio Eduardo GOMES1
Eduardo Guimarães MARTINS
Sergio Furtado dos REIS
§ ABSTRACT: Post-reproductive survival defines the position of any given species in the continuum from semelparity, a condition in which males die after one breeding season and females can survive for a second year, to iteroparity, a condition in which males have multiple mating opportunities over the length of their adult lives. Based on a capture-recapture study for open populations, it was previously described that a neotropic didelphid marsupial, the Brazilian gracile mouse opossum (Gracilinanus microtarsus) is partially semelparous, a condition in which mortality after the first mating is high but graded over time, with a fraction of males surviving for a second breeding season. Here we explore Bayesian change-point models for detecting a shift on the availability over time of the males in the field due to partial semelparity. Such methodology allows for more precise specification of the time when postmating begins.
§ KEYWORDS: Bayesian methods;× change-point models; × MCMC; × semelparity × small mammals.
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