Non-volant small mammals ((Didelphimorphia, Rodentia) in two forest fragments in Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul coastal plain, Brazil
Keywords:marsupials, rodents, peat forest, sandy riparian forest, Oligoryzomys nigripes, restinga
AbstractThe restinga forests represent original vegetal formations in Coastal Plain of Rio Grande do Sul state. This work aimed to evaluate the species composition of non-volant small mammals in two restinga forests (peat forest and sandy riparian forest) in Rio Grande, Southern Rio Grande do Sul Coastal Plain. A total of 234 individuals belonging to three species of marsupials (Didelphidae: Cryptonanus guahybae, Didelphis albiventris, Lutreolina crassicaudata) and eight species of rodents (Cricetidae: Deltamys kempi, Holochilus brasiliensis, Oligoryzomys flavescens, O. nigripes, Oxymycterus nasutus, Scapteromys tumidus; Muridae: Mus musculus, Rattus rattus) was captured. The species C. guahybae, D. albiventris, D. kempi, H. brasiliensis, O. nigripes, S. tumidus and M. musculus were recorded in the peat forest while C. guahybae, D. albiventris, Lutreolina crassicaudata, D. kempi, O. flavescens, O. nigripes, S. tumidus and R. rattus occurred in the riparian sandy forest. Oligoryzomys nigripes and S. tumidus were the most abundant species in the peat forest, representing 40.4 and 22.1% of the total of captured individuals, respectively. The most abundant species in the riparian sandy forest were O. nigripes e D. albiventris, representing 63.4 and 12.4% of the total of captured individuals. Individuals of C. guahybae and O. nigripes were captured on trees (heights between 0.50 and 1.65 m) while all individuals of the remaining species were captured on the ground.
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Quintela, F. M., Santos, M. B., Christoff, A. U., & Gava, A. (2012). Non-volant small mammals ((Didelphimorphia, Rodentia) in two forest fragments in Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul coastal plain, Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 12(1). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/922