The impact of habitat structures on some small rodents in the Kalahari Thornveld (South Africa)

Because of the increasing commercial use of the savannahs and semi-arid areas of southern Africa, vegetation compositon is departing from a natural state towards areas with a dense shrub cover. Consequently, the structural character of certain habitats also changes. In this thesis, I analysed the re...

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Main Author: Meyer, Jork
Contributors: Brandl, Roland (Prof. Dr.) (Thesis advisor)
Format: Dissertation
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2004
Biologie
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Summary:Because of the increasing commercial use of the savannahs and semi-arid areas of southern Africa, vegetation compositon is departing from a natural state towards areas with a dense shrub cover. Consequently, the structural character of certain habitats also changes. In this thesis, I analysed the relationships of some selected small rodents to habitat features, considering ground-dwelling rodents (Tatera leucogaster, Saccostomus campestris, Aethomys namaquensis, Gerbillurus paeba and Desmodillus auricularis) as well as an arboreal one (Thallomys nigricauda). First data are presented on the ecology and biology regarding activity pattern, habitat use, diet and basic data on population parameters.
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/z2004.0154