Microhabitat selection in two species of heteromyid rodents

Cliff A. Lemen, Michael L. Rosenzweig

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An experiment was conducted to determine the microhabitat preferences of two heteromyid rodents, Dipodomys ordi and Perognathus flavus. This experiment used marked seeds and the atomic absorption spectrophotometer in order to study the environment as a mosiac of microhabitats. The results of our analysis indicate that these two heteromyids are microhabitat selectors. The preferences of the rodents are D. ordi: grass habitat 0.0%, near grass habitat 22.5%, open habitat 77.4% and P. flavus: grass habitat 46.2%, near grass habitat 32.2%, open habitat 21.4%. The overlap between the two species is only 0.43.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-135
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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