Natural history of the southern plains woodrat neotoma micropus (Rodentia: Muridae) from southern Texas

John R. Suchecki, Donald C. Ruthven, Charles F. Fulhorst, Robert D. Bradley

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Abstract

One hundred forty-eight middens of the southern plains woodrat (Neotoma micropus) were excavated from eight study sites on the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area in southern Texas. Several parameters were examined within and between study sites, including sex and age of individuals, demographics of occupancy, and distance between middens. One hundred seventy-seven individuals were captured, with significantly more adult woodrats represented than any other age category. Ninety males and 87 females were captured indicating an equal sex ratio. Analyses revealed that no difference existed in distances between male middens or in distances between female middens. Together, the data suggest no apparent patterns of social structure in woodrats at this study site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
JournalTexas Journal of Science
Volume56
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2004

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