Publication
Title
Dietary selection in **Mastomys natalensis** (Rodentia: Muridae) in the maize agro-ecosystems of central and southwestern Tanzania
Author
Abstract
We studied the feeding habits of Mastomys natalensis by analysing a total of 2934 stomachs from individuals snap trapped from maize fields and the surrounding fallow land of central and southwestern Tanzania between February 2001 and October 2002. Mastomys natalensis had a wide range of food items in their diet; however, there was a clear seasonal effect on the consumption of the different food categories. They fed more on seeds, arthropods and grasses during the wet season and on the other plant materials during the dry season. Maize seed was the most preferred diet category, when available. The shifts towards greater consumption of maize, when available, coupled by the high densities attained by this species render it the greatest potential rodent pest in the study areas.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Mammalia: morphologie, biologie, systématique des mammifères. - Paris
Publication
Paris : 2008
ISSN
0025-1461
Volume/pages
72(2008), p. 169-177
ISI
000259929100004
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Creation 08.10.2008
Last edited 17.06.2017
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