Larder Vs. Scatter Hoarding

October 30, 2008 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

We came across an interesting article by Stephen Vander Wall in which he describes two different types of hoarding: lardering and scattering. This is most fascinating because we have observed that Penelope seems to be a larder hoarder while Louise is a scatter hoarder.

Larder hoarding refers to the concentration of all hoarded food in one spot. In other words, the animal goes back and forth between the food source and one particular site. Larder hoards look like recognizable clumps.

Scatter hoarding, on the other hand, means that the hoarded food is not concentrated, rather it is highly dispersed. At its most extreme, only one piece of food is hoarded in each spot. However, it also refers to very small bunches.

Here is a visual comparison of the two types of hoarding:

Penelope–Larder Hoarding

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Louise–Scatter Hoarding

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