Nocturnal activity patterns of the monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides) in native and exotic habitats

Francisco E. Fontúrbel, Alina B. Candia, Carezza Botto-Mahan

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Abstract

Dromiciops gliroides is an arboreal nocturnal marsupial. We used camera traps to monitor its activity in native forest and eucalyptus plantations with native understory for 2 summers. We obtained 2.75 records camera-1 month-1 in the forest and 2.16 in the plantation. Activity period ranged from 1900 to 0700 h, but reached its peak around 0200 h. Activity patterns were variable among months, but there were no significant differences between native and eucalyptus habitats, which overlapped between 55% and 97%. It is remarkable to have found D. gliroides in habitats dominated by exotic trees, because this species has been considered to be restricted to native forests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1199-1206
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Mammalogy
Volume95
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Microbiotheria
  • South American temperate rain forest
  • camera trap
  • circular statistics
  • eucalyptus plantation

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