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Validation and effects of drying and prey hair on fecal hormone concentrations in spotted hyenas

Validation and effects of drying and prey hair on fecal hormone concentrations in spotted hyenas

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GREENBERG, Julia R., Tracy M. MONTGOMERY, Kay E. HOLEKAMP, Jacinta C. BEEHNER, 2022. Validation and effects of drying and prey hair on fecal hormone concentrations in spotted hyenas. In: Journal of Mammalogy. Oxford University Press. 103(2), pp. 394-406. ISSN 0022-2372. eISSN 1545-1542. Available under: doi: 10.1093/jmammal/gyab168

@article{Greenberg2022Valid-57364, title={Validation and effects of drying and prey hair on fecal hormone concentrations in spotted hyenas}, year={2022}, doi={10.1093/jmammal/gyab168}, number={2}, volume={103}, issn={0022-2372}, journal={Journal of Mammalogy}, pages={394--406}, author={Greenberg, Julia R. and Montgomery, Tracy M. and Holekamp, Kay E. and Beehner, Jacinta C.} }

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