Different nocturnal activity patterns of Peromyscus californicus and Peromyscus erenicus in lunar lighting

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The total night-time activity-wheel running by two sympatric species of mice, P. californicus and P. eremicus, was compared under the same simulated sun and moon cycles. Total running by P. californicus correlated negatively with the nightly duration of moonlight, while that of P. eremicus correlated positively. The results were discussed in terms of a temporal dimension of competitive exclusion.

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Owings, D.H., Lockard, R.B. Different nocturnal activity patterns of Peromyscus californicus and Peromyscus erenicus in lunar lighting. Psychon Sci 22, 63–64 (1971). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03335941

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Keywords

  • Pair Bond
  • Reward Magnitude
  • Pellet Group
  • Competitive Exclusion Principle
  • Nocturnal Activity Pattern