Journal article

The influence of behaviour and season on habitat selection by a small mammal

DG Bos, SM Carthew

Ecography | BLACKWELL MUNKSGAARD | Published : 2003


This study examined the selection of habitat by Ningaui yvonneae, a small, nocturnal insectivorous marsupial of semi-arid regions of southern Australia. In addition to identifying habitat preferences, the study was concerned with identifying how habitats were used, and for what purpose they were valued. Triodia irritans (hummock grass) was the most preferred habitat component overall. However, other habitat components were found to be of equal or greater preference during certain seasons and for certain behaviours. The importance of considering behaviour in studies of habitat selection was discussed. Habitat selection by N. yvonneae appeared to be influenced by predation risk and energetic r..

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