Multi-scale habitat selection of Mus minutoides in the Lowveld of Swaziland

Show simple item record Long, Andrea K. Bailey, Karen Greene, Daniel U. Tye, Courtney Parr, Courtnee Lepage, Heather K. Gielow, Kurt H. Monadjem, Ara McCleery, Robert A. 2013-08-20T09:32:49Z 2014-03-31T00:20:05Z 2013-03
dc.description.abstract We investigated habitat selection of Mus minutoides in northeastern Swaziland. We used powder tracking to determine how M. minutoides selected habitat at a fine scale and a broader path scale. At the fine scale, we measured percent cover of grass and shrubs, the number of forbs, and visual obstruction at five evenly-spaced points along a mouse’s pathway and at a paired random location. At the path scale, we calculated the relative displacement (RD) of each path as the ratio of the distance from the start to the end point of the path to the total length of the path (values near one indicate less preference). We found that M. minutoides were positively associated with increases in visual obstruction, grass cover, and shrub cover at the fine scale, but not at the path scale. Our results indicate that M. minutoides selection of vegetative features at the path scale are not as important as their fine scale selection of vegetative structure. Additionally, the shrub encroachment on our study site may be directly beneficial to M. minutoides at the fine scale. Our results provide us with an increased understanding of the basic ecology of M. minutoides and information on their response to a changing landscape. en_US
dc.description.department Mammal Research Institute
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology
dc.description.librarian hb2013 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Long, AK, Bailey, K, Greene, DU ... et al. 2013, 'Multi-scale habitat selection of mus minutoides in the lowveld of Swaziland', African Journal of Ecology, vol.51, no. 3, pp. 492-500. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0141-6707 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1365-2028 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/aje.12062
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.rights © 2012 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The definite version is available at en_US
dc.subject Pygmy mice en_US
dc.subject Mus minutoides en_US
dc.subject Swaziland en_US
dc.subject Habitat selection en_US
dc.subject Fluorescent tracking en_US
dc.subject Shrub encroachment en_US
dc.title Multi-scale habitat selection of Mus minutoides in the Lowveld of Swaziland en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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