Title
Diversity and structure of shrew communities in montane forests of southeast Kenya Diversity and structure of shrew communities in montane forests of southeast Kenya
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Hamburg ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde. - Hamburg
Volume/pages
69(2004) :5 , p. 289-301
ISSN
1616-5047
0044-3468
ISI
000223787800001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
As a step towards setting conservation priorities for declining moist forests in southeast Kenya, we assessed for small mammal diversity and distribution. These habitats are under severe pressure due to increased demand on forests products and arable land, yet there is a dearth of information on impacts on biodiversity. Over an eight-month period, we used a combination of box and pitfall traps with drift fences to study 13 forest fragments in five geographic areas ranging between 3degrees28'-4degrees10' S and 38degrees28'-39degrees26' E. We recorded 12 species including 10 soricids and two macroscelids in 31440 trap nights. Diversity estimates using rarefaction method indicate a species richness of 12, consistent with our collection. There were six unique species, each Limited in distribution to one forest fragment. Our record of Crocidura cf. selina in Kyulu Hills is the first outside Mabira forest in Uganda where it is considered endemic and endangered. We also report the first record of C fuscomurina in Kenya, white those of C luna and Suncus megolura are first in the Southeast of the country. By providing new ranges to four species, our study is of significance to the biogeography and conservation of forest small mammals in the region.
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