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Road zone effects in small-mammal communities

Ecology and Society

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Abstract

Our study focused on the putative effects of roads on small-mammal communities in a high desert region of southern Utah. Specifically, we tested whether or not roads create adjacent zones characterized by lower small- mammal densities, abundance, and diversity. We sampled abundance of small mammals at increasing distances from Interstate 15 during two summers. We recorded 11 genera and 13 species. We detected no clear abundance, density, or diversity effects relative to distance from the road. Only two of 13 species were never captured near roads. The abundance of the remaining 11 small mammal species was either similar at different distances from the road or higher closer to the road. We conclude that although roads may act as barriers and possible sources of mortality, adjacent zones of vegetation often provide favorable microhabitat in the desert landscape for many small mammals. ?? 2009 by the author(s).

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Road zone effects in small-mammal communities
Series title:
Ecology and Society
Volume
14
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2009
Language:
English
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Article
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