Mammalian Biology

, Volume 67, Issue 2, pp 97–104 | Cite as

Factors affecting home range size and overlap in Calomys venustus (Muridae: Sigmodontinae) in Argentine agroecosystems

  • J. PriottoEmail author
  • Andrea Steinhann
  • J. Polop
Original investigation


In this study, information concerning home range size and overlap of Calomys venustus (Thomas, 1894), in relation to sex, population size, and breeding periods is provided. The present study was carried out on a railway bank in southern Córdoba Province (Argentina), between October 1994 and September 1997, using the capture-mark-recapture method. Home range size in C. venustus depended on breeding period and population size, and was independent of sex. The degree of home range overlap was dependent on breeding and non-breeding periods and overlap type (intra-or intersexual), but was independent of population density. During the breeding period, females showed a small degree of intrasexual home range overlap. In general, male home ranges largely overlapped with females. The conclusion is that differences in home range size of C. venustus could be determined by season and population size. Moreover, the degree of inter- and intrasexual home range overlap during the breeding period suggested that males and females of C. venustus use space differently. Females did not share their home range with other females, while males fully shared it with both sexes, and male spacing is influenced by female distribution.


Calomys venustus spatial organization population density Argentine agroecosystems 

Faktoren, die Größe und Überlappung derWohngebiete von Calomys venustus (Muridae: Sigmodontinae) in argentinischen Agro-Ökosystemen beeinflussen


In dieser Studie werden Ausdehnung und Überlappung der Wohngebiete von Calomys venustus (Thomas, 1894) untersucht in Beziehung zu den Variablen Geschlecht, Populationsdichte und während re-produktiver und nicht-reproduktiver Perioden. Die Datenerhebung erfolgte zwischen Oktober 1994 und September 1997 an Eisenbahndämmen im Süden der Provinz Córdoba, Argentinian mittels der Fang-Markierung-Neufang-Methode. Die Größe der Wohngebite von C. venustus war abhangig von Re-produktionsperiode und Populationsdichte, aber unabhängig vom Geschlecht. Der Grad der Überlappung der Wohngebite zeigte Abhangigkeiten von den Perioden und dem (intra- und intersexuellen) Überlappungstyp, war aber unabhängig von der Populationsdichte. Während der Reproduktionsperiode zeigten die Weibchen einen geringeren Grad von Überlappungen ihrer Wohngebiete. Im allgemeinen überlappten die Wohngebiete der männlichen Tiere deutlich diejenigen der weiblichen Tiere. Unsere Schlußfolgerung ist, daß sowohl Reproduktionsperiode als auch Größe der Population die Ausdehnung der Wohngebiete von C. venustus beeinflussen. Außerdem legt der Grad der inter- und intrasexuellen Überlappung während der Reproduktionszeit nahe, daß sowohl weibliche als auch männliche Indivi-duen ihre Wohngebiete auf unterschiedliche Weise nutzen: während die Weibchen das Gebiet nicht mit anderen Weibchen teilen, leben die Mannchen mit Individuen beider Geschlechter zusammen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencias NaturalesUniversidad Nadonal de Río CuartoCórdobaArgentina

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