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Distribution and ecology of lesser pouched rat, Beamys hindei, in Tanzanian coastal forests

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Show simple item record Sabuni, C. A. Sluydts, V. Mulungu, L. S. Maganga, S. S. Makundi, R. H. Leirs, H. 2016-02-03T15:36:52Z 2016-02-03T15:36:52Z 2015
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dc.description.abstract The lesser pouched rat Beamys hindei is a small rodent which is patchily distributed in the Eastern Arc Mountains and coastal forests in East Africa. The ecology of this species and its current distribution in coastal forests is not well known. Therefore, we conducted a study in selected coastal forests to assess the current distribution and to determine population ecology in terms of abundance fluctuations and demographic patterns which are all inclusive for conservation. Assessments of the species distribution were conducted in five forests through trapping with Sherman live traps. Data on ecology were obtained from monthly Capture Mark Recapture (CMR) studies conducted for five consecutive nights per month in two hectares set in Zaraninge forest over a two year period. The results indicate presence of B. hindei in three forests where it was not previously recorded. The population abundance estimates ranged from one to 40 animals per month with high numbers recorded during rainy seasons. Reproduction patterns and sex ratio did not differ between months. Survival estimates were not influenced by season, and recruitment was low with growth rate estimates of one animal per month. These estimates suggest a stable population of B. hindei in Zaraninge forest. Further studies are recommended to establish the home range, diet and burrowing behavior of the species in coastal forests in East Africa. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject Mammals en_US
dc.subject Rodents en_US
dc.subject Lesser pouched rat en_US
dc.subject Beamys hindei en_US
dc.subject Ecology en_US
dc.subject Distribution en_US
dc.subject Population dynamics en_US
dc.subject Demographic aspects en_US
dc.subject Forests en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.subject Africa, East en_US
dc.title Distribution and ecology of lesser pouched rat, Beamys hindei, in Tanzanian coastal forests en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.citation.issue 6 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Integrative Zoology en_US
dc.citation.volume 10 en_US
dc.citation.pages 531-542 en_US
dc.citation.jabbreviation Integr Zool en_US

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