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Community structure and seasonal abundance of rodents of maize farms in Southwestern Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author ODHIAMBO, Richard
dc.contributor.author Makundi, Rhodes
dc.contributor.author Leirs, Herwig
dc.contributor.author Verhagen, Ron
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-01T12:42:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-01T12:42:55Z
dc.date.issued 2005-12
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1041
dc.description Belg. J. Zool., 135 (supplement) : 113-118 en_US
dc.description.abstract Community characteristics and seasonal abundance of rodents were investigated in a small-scale maize field-fallow land mosaic in southwestern Tanzania between February 2001 and May 2002. During the study, a total of 2568 rodents were captured in 9150 trapnights giving a 28 % trap success. Also shrews of the genus Croci- dura (Soricidae) were recorded. Mastomys natalensis comprised the highest proportion of rodents caught account- ing for 82.9 % of all captures. Other rodent genera captured included : Tatera, Saccostomus, Graphiurus, and Steat- omys. Relative densities as measured by both trap success and the number of rodents per hectare, and biomass varied between seasons with and without crop in the field but not between habitat types. The work reports seasonal- ity in breeding for the two most commonly trapped species, Mastomys natalensis and Tatera leucogaster. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Belg. J. Zool en_US
dc.subject Rodents en_US
dc.subject Community structure en_US
dc.subject Seasonal abundance en_US
dc.subject Refuge habitat en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.title Community structure and seasonal abundance of rodents of maize farms in Southwestern Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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