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Biology Bulletin

, Volume 44, Issue 10, pp 1316–1323 | Cite as

Dynamics of the Abundance and Community Structure of Small Mammals in the Saratov Trans-Volga Region

  • A. A. Tsvetkova
  • M. L. Oparin
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Abstract

A typical feature of the populations of small mammals in different areas of the Saratov Trans-Volga region is the long-term and constantly increasing abundance of Sylvaemus uralensis and its wide distribution in a variety of habitats. The maximal abundance of S. uralensis is 72.0 individuals per 100 trap-days, and its share in catches is 73.0%. The abundance of Microtus arvalis tends to increase. It was shown that Lagurus lagurus has been found again in the steppe zone, on fallow lands and fields, after a prolonged depression in 2012–2013, the average density of species being 4.0 individuals per 100 trap-days. A high abundance of other typical steppe inhabitants (Allocricetulus eversmanni and Ellobius talpinus) was noted as well. The highest indices of species diversity (H = 1.18) are typical of fallow lands.

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small mammals population dynamics habitats steppe species 

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  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesSaratovRussia

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