Kangaroo rat burrows structure the spatial organisation of ground- dwelling animals in a semiarid grassland

Lauraine Kirsten Hawkins, P. F. Nicoletto

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Abstract

Burrow systems constructed by banner-tailed kangaroo rats Dipodomys spectabilis provide important refuges for ground-dwelling animals to escape from harsh surface conditions. Two species of lizards and several groups of invertebrates were significantly more abundant at burrow systems than in the intervening grassland. Many other animals used the burrow systems, but did not exhibit differential abundance. The kangaroo rat creates habitat patches that are abiotically moderate and contain high concentrations of food resources. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume23
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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In: Journal of Arid Environments, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.01.1992, p. 199-208.

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