Maremani Nature Reserve

Small mammals at Maremani

Small mammal diversity at Maremani Nature Reserve, South Africa

By Jens Tang Christensen & Thomas Secher Jensen, Natural History Museum, Aarhus, Denmark.

Photo: Jens Tang Christensen & Thomas Secher Jensen.

Though numbers caught at Maremani are too few to allow statistical analysis, it is remarkable that the catch per trap night is 20 times higher in enclosures with grass than in the surrounding Mopane bushveld, where large herbivores have access. In spite of the low catch, diversity was relatively high, with 10 species of small mammals identified among just 40 trapped individual specimens.


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