Habitat interaction between two species of chipmunk in the Basin and Range Province of Nevada

Western North American Naturalist
By:  and 



Interspecies interactions can affect how species are distributed, put constraints on habitat expansion, and reduce the fundamental niche of the affected species. Using logistic regression, we analyzed and compared 174 Tamias palmeri and 94 Tamias panamintinus within an isolated mountain range of the Basin and Range Province of southern Nevada. Tamias panamintinus was more likely to use pinyon/ponderosa/fir mixed forests than pinyon alone, compared to random sites. In the presence of T palmeri, however, interaction analyses indicated T. panamintinus was less likely to occupy the mixed forests and more likely near large rocks on southern aspects. This specie s-by-habitat interaction data suggest that T. palmeri excludes T panamintinus from areas of potentially suitable habitat. Climate change may adversely affect species of restricted distribution. Habitat isolation and species interactions in this region may thus increase survival risks as climate temperatures rise.

Study Area

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Habitat interaction between two species of chipmunk in the Basin and Range Province of Nevada
Series title Western North American Naturalist
DOI 10.3398/064.073.0202
Volume 73
Issue 2
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, Brigham Young University
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Western North American Naturalist
First page 129
Last page 136
Country United States
State Nevada
Other Geospatial Mojave Desert;Spring Mountains
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
Additional metadata about this publication, not found in other parts of the page is in this table