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(Science: zoology) Any one of several species of small arctic rodents of the genera Myodes and cuniculus, resembling the meadow mice in form. They are found in both hemispheres.

The common northern European lemming (Myodes lemmus) is remarkable for making occasional devastating migrations in enormous numbers from the mountains into the lowlands.

Origin: Nor. Lemming, lemende; cf. Sw. Lemel, Lapp. Lummik.

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Re: Reason for adapting the clutch size to the food available

... tends to be very selfish. Most individuals only care about their own survival. So I doubt Snowy Owls reduce their clutch size to benefit the lemming population's regrowth. I would guess it has to do more with the health of their own offspring. If there isn't very much food and they have a ...

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by mel004
Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Reason for adapting the clutch size to the food available
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