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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015, pp. 88-94
Bioline Code: zr15012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Report
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Zoological Research, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2015, pp. 88-94

 en Diversity and habitat association of small mammals in Aridtsy forest, Awi Zone, Ethiopia
BANTIHUN, Getachew & BEKELE, Afework

Abstract

Here, we conducted a survey to examine the diversity, distribution and habitat association of small mammals from August 2011 to February 2012 incorporating both wet and dry seasons in Aridtsy forest, Awi Zone, Ethiopia. Using Sherman live traps and snap traps in four randomly selected trapping grids, namely, natural forest, bushland, grassland and farmland, a total of 468 individuals comprising eight species of small mammals (live traps) and 89 rodents of six species (snap traps) were trapped in 2352 and 1200 trap nights, respectively. The trapped small mammals included seven rodents and one insectivore: Lophuromys flavopuntatus(30.6%), Arvicanthis dembeensis(25.8%), Stenocephalemys albipes check for this species in other resources (20%), Mastomys natalensis check for this species in other resources (11.6%), Pelomys harringtoni (6.4%), Acomys cahirinus check for this species in other resources (4.3%), Lemniscomys zebra check for this species in other resources (0.2%) and the greater red musk shrew ( Crocidura flavescens check for this species in other resources , 1.1%). Analysis showed statistically significant variations in the abundance and habitat preferences of small mammals between habitats during wet and dry seasons.

Keywords
Abundance; Aridtsy forest; Awi Zone; Diversity; Distribution; Small mammals

 
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