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Getachew BANTIHUN, Afework BEKELE. Diversity and habitat association of small mammals in Aridtsy forest, Awi Zone, Ethiopia. Zoological Research, 2015, 36(2): 88-94.
Citation: Getachew BANTIHUN, Afework BEKELE. Diversity and habitat association of small mammals in Aridtsy forest, Awi Zone, Ethiopia. Zoological Research, 2015, 36(2): 88-94.

Diversity and habitat association of small mammals in Aridtsy forest, Awi Zone, Ethiopia

Funds:  This study was supported by Addis Ababa University, Ministry of Education and Zoological Natural History Museum of Addis Ababa University.
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  • Corresponding author: Getachew BANTIHUN
  • Received Date: 2014-07-14
  • Rev Recd Date: 2015-02-16
  • Publish Date: 2015-03-08
  • Here, we conducted a survey to examine the diversity, distribution and habitat association of small mammals from August 2011 to February 2012 incorporating both wet and dry seasons in Aridtsy forest, Awi Zone, Ethiopia. Using Sherman live traps and snap traps in four randomly selected trapping grids, namely, natural forest, bushland, grassland and farmland, a total of 468 individuals comprising eight species of small mammals (live traps) and 89 rodents of six species (snap traps) were trapped in 2352 and 1200 trap nights, respectively. The trapped small mammals included seven rodents and one insectivore: Lophuromys flavopuntatus (30.6%), Arvicanthis dembeensis (25.8%), Stenocephalemys albipes (20%), Mastomys natalensis (11.6%), Pelomys harringtoni (6.4%), Acomys cahirinus (4.3%), Lemniscomys zebra (0.2%) and the greater red musk shrew (Crocidura flavescens, 1.1%). Analysis showed statistically significant variations in the abundance and habitat preferences of small mammals between habitats during wet and dry seasons.
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