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Small mammal assemblages on Fort AP Hill, Virginia: habitat associations and patterns of capture success

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dc.contributor.author Pagels, JF
dc.contributor.author Mitchell, JC
dc.contributor.author Bellows, AS
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-22T11:46:02Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-22T11:46:02Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/774
dc.description.abstract Ecological studies of small mammals in Virginia’s Coastal Plain have been sporadic and geographically limited. Most focused on a limited number of species or were general surveys over a larger geographical area than the Coastal Plain (Pagels & Aldeman, 1971; Pagels, 1977; Rose, 1986; Pagels, 1987; Cawthorn & Rose, 1989; Erdle & Pagels, 1995); relatively few surveyed complete small mammal assemblages (Rose et al., 1990; Mitchell et al., 1993). Other studies targeted small mammal assemblages but used protocols that are not effective in capturing the entire fauna (Jackson et al., 1976; Pagels & French, 1987). The Coastal Plain of Virginia harbors a rich diversity of small mammals (Webster et al., 1985; Linzey, 1998). An understanding of small mammals and their habitats in this region of Virginia would provide important information for elucidation of biogeographic patterns of community structure. The United States Department of Defense is the fifth largest landowner of the federal landholding agencies and currently manages over 25 million acres of land (10.1 million ha) (Boice, 1997). Most of these holdings are military installations that are largely protected from development and other activities that adversely effect native flora and fauna. For this and other reasons, these installations are becoming islands of biodiversity (Mitchell & Roble, 1998). The rich diversity of terrestrial habitats found on Fort A. P. Hill, Caroline County, Virginia, should contain robust assemblages of small mammals characteristic of the Coastal Plain Physiographic region. The initial objective of this survey was to describe the small mammal assemblages of eleven Society of American Foresters (SAF) habitat types found on Fort A. P. Hill. Secondary objectives were to evaluate the effectiveness of multiple trapping techniques and the effectiveness of the duration of our sampling periods. en_US
dc.title Small mammal assemblages on Fort AP Hill, Virginia: habitat associations and patterns of capture success en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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