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Nest sites of rodents and tree shrews in Borneo

Konstans Wells Orcid Logo, Maklarin B. Lakim, Martin Pfeiffer

Ecotropica, Volume: 12, Pages: 141 - 149

Swansea University Author: Konstans Wells Orcid Logo

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We used spool-and-line and radio-tracking to discover 83 nests of seven non-volant small mammal species in the tropical rainforest of Borneo. Terrestrial rats of the genus Maxomys (M. rajah and M. surifer), and the occasionally arboreal rat Leopoldamys sabanus, used mostly subterranean burrows, wher...

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Published in: Ecotropica
Published: 2006
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa45196
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Abstract: We used spool-and-line and radio-tracking to discover 83 nests of seven non-volant small mammal species in the tropical rainforest of Borneo. Terrestrial rats of the genus Maxomys (M. rajah and M. surifer), and the occasionally arboreal rat Leopoldamys sabanus, used mostly subterranean burrows, whereas the arboreal rat Niviventer cremoriventer utilized above-ground nests of plant fiber or leaves fixed on various branches. The scansorial squirrel Sundasciurus lowii nested both in tree cavities and in nests made of plant fiber. Treeshrews (Tupaia tana and T. longipes) used both subterranean and above-ground nesting sites. Nesting patterns were thus distinct among species, but revealed no apparent association between any nest type and features of the surrounding habitat such as vegetation density. Above-ground nests made of plant fibers were of similar size and construction for S. lowii and T. tana, and an individual of M. rajah was seen entering a burrow that had been previously Occupied by L. sabanus, indicating that there is likely some interspecific overlap in nest sites. (PDF) Nest sites of rodents and treeshrews in Borneo. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/230627550_Nest_sites_of_rodents_and_treeshrews_in_Borneo [accessed Oct 24 2018].
Keywords: Muridae,nesting behavior,tree cavities,tropical rainforest,Tupaiidae
College: College of Science
Start Page: 141
End Page: 149