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Smågnagare I Boreonemorala Habitat I Mellansverige: Artsammansättning Och Populationskondition
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Animal ecology.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Microtine rodents are a key component in the boreal ecosystem. Due to unique yearly fluctuation in population numbers, in addition to their central placement within boreal foodwebs, microtine rodent population dynamics control a wide variety of predator populations. Despite their grouping as microtine rodents, many individual species exhibit very different cycles, such as voles and lemmings. As such, the identification of species composition and ratio in each given habitat is of utmost importance.

The purpose of this study was to compare the composition of species of small rodents between four different habitats (grassland, wetland, spruce dominated forest and pine dominated forest) and to statistically analyze if the different biotopes hosted significant differences in species composition.

The project also aimed to examine differences in weight and numbers between populations of the same species in the different biotopes.

To accomplish this, rodents were captured using non-lethal traps, and the resulting data was analyzed using RxC tables and ANOVA. The species captured were A. sylvaticus, C. glareolus and M. agrestis. The result of the analysis showed that the only difference in species composition existed between the grassland habitat and the rest. In addition, there existed no difference between different populations of A. sylvaticus in regards to weight. However, a difference was found between the populations of C.glareolus, with the individuals inhabiting spruce dominated forest being larger than those found in other habitats.

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2017. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Microtine, Rodent, Population, Species, Predator-prey cycle
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-322350OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-322350DiVA: diva2:1096728
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Biology (HGO)
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Ecology Programme (HGO)
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Available from: 2017-06-07 Created: 2017-05-18 Last updated: 2017-06-07Bibliographically approved

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