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The small mammal community of Mukogodo Forest, Kenya

Show simple item record Webala, Paul W. Muriuki, George Lala, Fredrick. Bett, Alice 2016-09-29T08:45:31Z 2016-09-29T08:45:31Z 2006
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dc.description.abstract Species richness and diversity of rodents and insectivores were investigated at relict forest patches of Mukogodo, Laikipia, Kenya using Sherman’s live traps and pitfall traps. Two hundred and nineteen individuals were captured in 3021 trap-nights. There were eleven species in two taxonomic groups, Rodentia and Insectivora. Two other rodent species were sighted but not captured. Thirteen bats belonging to four species (Epomophorous wahlbergi, Pipistrellus kuhlii, Scotophilus dingani and Nycteris thebaica) were opportunistically trapped using mist nets. Two of the four species accumulation curves for forest patches did not reach an asymptote. Species richness and diversity were highest at Kurikuri compared with other patches because of habitat variability. The results support the prediction that forest disturbance and degradation lead to an increase in generalist species as compared with specialists and highlight the importance of relict afromontane forests in the conservation of small mammals in Kenya. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd en_US
dc.subject small mammals en_US
dc.subject Mukogodo en_US
dc.subject disturbance en_US
dc.title The small mammal community of Mukogodo Forest, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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