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Vitikainen E.I.K., Cant, M.A., Sanderson, J.L., Mitchell, C., Nichols, H.J., Marshall, H.H., Thompson, F.J., Gilchrist, J.S., Hodge, S.J., Johnstone, R.A., Blount, J.D. 2016. Evidence of Oxidative Shielding of Offspring in a Wild Mammal. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Thompson, F.J., Marshall, H.H., Sanderson, J.L., Vitikainen E.I.K., Nichols, H.J., Gilchrist, J.S., Young, A.J., Hodge, S.J., Cant, M.A. 2016. Reproductive competition triggers mass eviction in cooperative banded mongooses. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 20152607.

Jahn, P. Harper, G.A. Gilchrist, J. 2013. Home range sharing in family units of great spotted kiwi (Apteryx haastii) at Nelson Lakes National Park. Notornis 60 (3): 201-209.

Bell, M.B.V., Nichols, H.J., Gilchrist J.S., Cant, M.A., Hodge, S.J. 2012. The Cost of Dominance: Attempting to Suppress Subordinate Breeding Reduces Dominant Female Fitness in Banded Mongooses. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279, 619-624. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1093

Cant, M.A., Hodge, S.J., Bell, M.B.V., Gilchrist J.S., Nichols, H.J. 2010. Reproductive control via eviction in banded mongooses: acts not threats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277, 2219-2226. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.2097

Pemberton, J. W. & Gilchrist, J.S. 2009. Foraging behavior and diet preferences of a released population of giant tortoises in the Seychelles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 8, 57-65.

Gilchrist, J.S. Eberle, M., Kappeler, P.M. 2008. Cooperation and alloparental care in the Grey Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus): the costs and benefits of babysitting and beyond. Primate Eye, 96, 133. Abstract No. 351.

Gilchrist, J.S. 2008. Aggressive monopolization of mobile carers by young of a cooperative breeder. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 275, 2491-2498. doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.05971

Gilchrist, J.S., Otali, E. & Mwanguhya, F. 2008. Caregivers recognize and bias response towards individual young in a cooperative breeding mammal, the banded mongoose. Journal of Zoology. 275, 41-46. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00405.x

Gilchrist, J.S. 2007. Cooperative behaviour in cooperative breeders: Costs, benefits, and communal breeding. Behavioural Processes. 76, 100-105. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2006.12.013

Gilchrist, J.S. & Russell, A.F. 2007. Who cares? Individual contributions to pup care by breeders v’s nonbreeders in the cooperatively breeding banded mongoose (Mungos mungo). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61, 1053-1060. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-006-0338-2

Gilchrist, J.S. 2006. Female eviction, abortion, and infanticide in banded mongooses (Mungos mungo): implications for social control of reproduction and synchronized parturition. Behavioral Ecology, 17: 664-669. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ark012

Gilchrist, J.S. 2006. Reproductive success in a low skew, communal breeding mammal: the banded mongoose, Mungos mungo. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 60: 854-863. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-006-0229-6

Otali, E. & Gilchrist, J.S. 2006. Why chimpanzee mothers are less gregarious than males: the infant-safety hypothesis. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 59, 561-570. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-005-0081-0

Gilchrist, J.S., Otali, E. & Mwanguhya, F. 2004. Why breed communally? Factors affecting fecundity in a communal breeding mammal: the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 57, 119-131. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-004-0837-y

Gilchrist, J.S. 2004. Pup escorting in the communal breeding banded mongoose: behavior, benefits and maintenance. Behavioral Ecology, 15, 952-960. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arh071

Otali, E. & Gilchrist, J.S. 2004. The effects of refuse feeding on body condition, reproduction and survival of banded mongooses. Journal of Mammalogy, 85, 491-497.

Gilchrist, J.S. & Otali, E. 2002. The effects of refuse-feeding on home-range use, group size, and intergroup encounters in the banded mongoose. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 80, 1795-1802.

Kruuk, L.E.B., Gilchrist, J.S. & Barton, N.H. 1999. Hybrid dysfunction in firebellied toads (Bombina). Evolution, 53, 1611-1616.

Kruuk, L.E.B. & Gilchrist, J.S. 1997. Mechanisms maintaining species differentiation: Predator- mediated selection in a Bombina hybrid zone. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 264, 105-110.

Nurnberger, B., Barton, N., MacCallum, C., Gilchrist, J. & Appleby, M. 1995. Natural selection on quantitative traits in the Bombina hybrid zone. Evolution, 49, 1224-1238.

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Cant, M.A. & Gilchrist, J.S. 2013. Mungos mungo. In: The Mammals of Africa. Vol. 5. Carnivores, Pangolins, Rhinos and Equids. (ed. by Kingdon J.S. and Hoffmann, M.) Bloomsbury Publishing: London.

Gilchrist, J.S., Jennings, A.P., Veron, G., Cavallini, P. 2009. The Herpestidae. In: The Handbook of the Mammals of the World. Volume 1 Carnivores. Eds: Wilson, D.E. & Mittermeier R.A. Lynx Edicions. Barcelona.


Gilchrist, J.S. To Trade or Not to Trade (in Rhino Horn)? Biosphere Magazine. December 2015.

Gilchrist, J.S. A Family Affair (Mouse lemur feature article). BBC Knowledge Magazine. July 2010.

Gilchrist, J.S. When the Sun Goes Down (Camera trap feature article). Africa Geographic Magazine. October 2008.

Gilchrist, J.S. Small is Beautiful (Mouse lemur feature article). BBC Wildlife Magazine. July 2008.

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Gilchrist, J.S. & Do Linh San, E. 2016. Mungos mungo. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T41621A45208886.

IUCN Species Account for Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) published online by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Gilchrist, J., Otali, E., Mwanguhya, F., Kyabulima, S. 2003. Review of waste disposal on Mweya Peninsula: Recommendations for management. Banded Mongoose Research Project Report for Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Gilchrist, J., Otali, E., Mwanguhya, F., Kyabulima, S. 2002. Effects of refuse on wild animals on Mweya Peninsula: Recommendations for all Protected Areas. Banded Mongoose Research Project Report for Uganda Wildlife Authority.


Gilchrist, J.S. 2001. Reproduction and pup care in the communal breeding banded mongoose. PhD thesis. University of Cambridge.