publication . Article . 2008

The impact of fire on habitat use by the short-snouted elephant shrew ('Elephantulus brachyrhynchus') in North West Province, South Africa

Yarnell, R; Metcalfe, D; Dunstone, N; Burnside, N; Scott, D;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2008
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
Several studies have investigated the response of small mammal populations to fire, but few have investigated behavioural responses to habitat modification. In this study we investigated the impact of fire on home range, habitat use and activity patterns of the short-snouted elephant shrew (Elephantulus brachyrhynchus) by radio-tracking individuals before and after a fire event. All animals survived the passage of fire in termite mound refugia. Before the fire, grassland was used more than thickets, but habitat utilization shifted to thickets after fire had removed the grass cover. Thickets were an important refuge both pre- and post-fire, but the proportion of ...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: fungi
free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Habitat, Fire ecology, Elephant shrew, biology.organism_classification, biology, Fishery, Home range, Thicket, Ecology, Vegetation, Elephantulus brachyrhynchus, Predation
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publication . Article . 2008

The impact of fire on habitat use by the short-snouted elephant shrew ('Elephantulus brachyrhynchus') in North West Province, South Africa

Yarnell, R; Metcalfe, D; Dunstone, N; Burnside, N; Scott, D;