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Ein Beitrag zur Prognose der Populationsentwicklung von Mäusen in Forstkulturen

  • W. Bäumler
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Predicting population density of mice and voles in forest plantations

Abstract

In the years 1976–1981 the density of mice and voles was estimated by snaptrapping in 65 cultivations in different woodland areas in Bavaria. The trapping procedure was repeated at the same places after 3 and 6 months. All the trapped specimens were frozen in the field and later dissected in the lab. 21 different parameters of population structure and of morpho-physiological condition of the animals were compared with the development of the density of each species in the different areas. All together 1447 redbacked voles (Clethrionomys glareolus), 869 common voles (Microtus agrestis) and 873 yellownecked field mice (Apodemus flavicollis) were taken into the analysis. It was observed that the fertility resp. the weight of testes was significantly correlated with the change of density of all three species. In all cases also the percentage of pregnant females and the percentage of embryoes related to the total number of trapped specimens, was positively correlated with the development of density. It is suggested that these correlations can help to forecast the development of population density of mice and voles in forest plantations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Bäumler
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  1. 1.Inst. f. AngewZoologie der Universität MünchenMünchen 40

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