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The Ecology of Praomys Albipes (Ruppell, 1842) in the Menagesha State Forest, Ethiopia

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dc.contributor.advisor Yalden D.W. (PhD)
dc.contributor.author Bekele Afework
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-13T13:55:39Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-13T13:55:39Z
dc.date.issued 1992
dc.identifier.uri http://etd.aau.edu.et/handle/123456789/823
dc.description.abstract The composition, abundance and distribution of the rodent fauna in the Menagesha State Forest, Ethiopia was investigated with particular emphasis on the ecology of the endemic Praomys albipes. Both snap and live-trapping surveys were conducted to assess the species composition, activity patterns, reproduction, embryo sizes, weight and feeding habits of P.albipes. The snap-trapping surveys from November 1991 to July 1993 at different vegetation zones revealed the following rodents: Praomys albipes, Pelomys harringtoni, Lophuromys flavopunctatus, I i Mus mahomet, Arvicanthis dembeensis, Rattus rattus, Otomys typus, Stenocephalemys griseicauda and Dendromus mystacalis. A total of 293 rodents were captured during the snap-trapping surveys. P.albipes comprised 54.3 % of the total catch followed by Pelomys harringtoni ( 15.4 %), L.flavopunctatus ( 11.2%) and M.mahomet ( 10.9%). The remaining five species comprised only 8.2%. P.albipes and L.flavopunctatus were distributed within an altitudinal range from 2200-3300m asl, occurring in bush, forest and Erica scrub. Pelomys harringtoni and M.mahomet were common in Erica scrub and bushy vegetation respectively. P.albipes is exclusively nocturnal. From snap-trapping , live-trapping and captive breeding programmes, reproductively active males with scrotal testes were observed throughout the year and the testes, once scrotal , remained so throughout life. Females breed en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Addis Ababa University en_US
dc.subject Biology en_US
dc.title The Ecology of Praomys Albipes (Ruppell, 1842) in the Menagesha State Forest, Ethiopia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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