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Table 6 Relative magnitude (in x-fold change) of stress responses in categories of banded mongoose groups, northeastern Botswana (2008–2011)

From: Effect of food limitation and reproductive activity on fecal glucocorticoid metabolite levels in banded mongooses

GroupMonthfGCMCaptiveUrban + lodgePark + lodge
NadirBaselinePeakNadirPeakNadir
0.140.285.490.415.280.55
CaptiveNadir (9)0.14      
Baseline0.28+ 1     
Peak (3)5.49+ 40+ 19    
Urban + lodgeNadir (2)0.41+ 2+ 0.5− 12   
Peak (11)5.28+ 38+ 18− 0.04+ 12  
Park + lodgeNadir (2)0.55+ 3+ 0.9− 9+ 0.3− 9 
Peak (9)9.01+ 66+ 31+ 0.6+ 21+ 0.7+ 16
  1. Stress responses in nadir, baseline, and peak months (with month number) as measured by fecal glucocorticoid metabolites (fGCMs, monthly median, \(\upmu \hbox {g}/\hbox {g}\) org. content), in free-living and captive banded mongooses (Mungos mungo). We include the long-term non-reproductive baseline for the captive group. Reading across rows, values within the matrix represent the x-fold change in fGCMs from the first column relative to the corresponding fGCM value on the top row (e.g. the captive group’s baseline was double [onefold increase] its nadir). x-fold values \(> 1\) were rounded to the nearest whole number