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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 30, No. 6, 2009, pp. 671-678
Bioline Code: zr09101
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 30, No. 6, 2009, pp. 671-678

 en Community Distribution Pattern and the Affecting Factors of Small Mammals in Qiandao Lake, Zhejiang
Zhao, Qing-yang; Bao, Yi-xin; Sun, Bo; Zhang, Long-long & Hu, Zhi-yuan


During autumn 2007 and spring 2008, we surveyed 14 islands, with a total of 16 800 traps, for small mammals in Qiandao Lake, Zhejiang to determine their community distribution. The captured small mammals belonged to 11 species, 7 genera, 2 families and 2 orders, including 9 species of Murids (Muridae), and 2 species of Soricds (Soricdae). The results showed that the small mammals present a non-random nested pattern in assemblage on the islands. In terms of larger scale perspective, the species of high adaptability were able to adjust to the various environments, while ones of low adaptability only survived in particular circumstances. Plant species richness and habitat specificity of the species were the main ecological factors that influenced the formation of this pattern.

Habitat fragmentation; Small mammals; Nestedness; Habitat specificity; Island of Qiandao Lake

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