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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 1993

Small mammal dynamics in adjacent landscapes with varying predator communities

Martinsson, Berit; Hansson, Lennart; Angelstam, Per


Small mammal dynamics vary geographically, with differences in annual variations of total numbers, species composition, body weight and reproduction. Such differences have previously been related to large-scale variations in predator numbers and species composition as dependent on landscape composition. Landscape effects on locally equivalent habitat types were examined in this study for a distance as short as 50 km. Different landscape types were compared - first, taiga and agricultural landscapes and second, agricultural landscapes with different predation pressures. Taiga landscapes supported typically cyclic small mammal populations, agricultural landscapes more non-cyclic populations and a predator-free area unusually large small mammal populations. Differences in the relative numbers of small mammal species, seasonal dynamics and demography were consistent with predictions of varying predator impacts. Our study demonstrated that even short-distance differences in dynamics can be distinguished and interpreted in terms of community interactions.

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Annales Zoologici Fennici
1993, Volume: 30, number: 1, pages: 31-42

    SLU Authors

    • Hansson, Lennart

      • Department of Wildlife Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • Angelstam, Per

        • Department of Wildlife Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

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