The South Turkana Expedition. Scientific Papers IX. Ecological studies of small mammals of South Turkana

  • Coe M
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Abstract

During the three seasons of the RGS South Turkana Expedition the zoological party conducted an ecological survey of the small mammals. Other aspects of this programme will be described elsewhere. The main habitat types are described and the small mammal fauna is shown to be segregated between them. The role of microclimate in this habitat segregation is described. Breeding records indicate that the number of young produced by rodents may be dictated by rainfall and available food quality. An attempt is made to calculate the small mammal biomass for South Turkana, and the figure obtained (500 kg/km 2) represents 24 per cent of the large mammal biomass reported by Watson (1969). The zoogeography of the small mammal fauna indicates a strong connection with that of the Somalian arid zone

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  • Malcolm Coe

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