Testing for habitat detection distances using orientation data

  • Goodwin B
  • Bender D
  • Contreras T
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Zollner and Lima (1997) have attempted to fill the gap in our knowledge about the ability of real organisms to detect habitat at a distance. In a recent paper, they have introduced a novel approach that they believe will demonstrate how to detect perceptual thresholds in small mammals. They suggest that the movement of white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) is influenced by their limited ability to visually recognize "preferred" habitat (woods) from relatively long distances (> 10 m). However, there is a possible flaw in their design and analysis that we feel others should be made aware of before emulating Zollner and Lima's study.

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  • Orientation
  • Peromyscus leucopus
  • Visual perception

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  • B J Goodwin

  • D J Bender

  • T A Contreras

  • L Fahrig

  • J F Wegner

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