Densities, variations in body mass, sex ratios, breeding activities and size of home-range were studied in wood mouse populations living in a woodland and a reed bed. In the reed bed population: 1. spring densities were lower, 2. body mass differed, and was lower in early autumn, and 3. home ranges were larger than in the woodland population. It is suggested that differences in food availability and quality strongly influenced the behaviour of the two populations; the main effect of these differences was that reed bed mice entered winter with a lower body mass and suffered higher winter mortality. The larger size of the home range in the reed bed suggests that mice living in a poor-food habitat will enhance their survival by patrolling a wider area than in a rich habitat.

Comparative ecology of the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus in two differing habitats / L., Canova; Maistrello, Lara; D., Emiliani. - In: ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR SÄUGETIERKUNDE. - ISSN 0044-3468. - STAMPA. - 59:(1994), pp. 193-198.

Comparative ecology of the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus in two differing habitats

MAISTRELLO, Lara;
1994

Abstract

Densities, variations in body mass, sex ratios, breeding activities and size of home-range were studied in wood mouse populations living in a woodland and a reed bed. In the reed bed population: 1. spring densities were lower, 2. body mass differed, and was lower in early autumn, and 3. home ranges were larger than in the woodland population. It is suggested that differences in food availability and quality strongly influenced the behaviour of the two populations; the main effect of these differences was that reed bed mice entered winter with a lower body mass and suffered higher winter mortality. The larger size of the home range in the reed bed suggests that mice living in a poor-food habitat will enhance their survival by patrolling a wider area than in a rich habitat.
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Comparative ecology of the wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus in two differing habitats / L., Canova; Maistrello, Lara; D., Emiliani. - In: ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR SÄUGETIERKUNDE. - ISSN 0044-3468. - STAMPA. - 59:(1994), pp. 193-198.
L., Canova; Maistrello, Lara; D., Emiliani
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