Small mammals in afforestable montane grasslands of the northern Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Armstrong A.J. ; Van Hensbergen H.J. (1996)


The small mammals at five sites on each of six land types in the afforestable grasslands of the northern Eastern Cape Province were sampled. Sampling grids consisting of 100 equally spaced trapping points were used. Mean species richness and relative abundance per hectare did not differ significantly over the land types. Significant associations between site type and species relative abundances were: valleys and north slopes with Rhabdomys pumilio; south slopes with Myosorex varius and Otomys irroratus; east slopes with M. varius; and crests with Mus minutoides and Mystromys albicaudatus. The threatened, rare species M. albicaudatus was associated with crests and ridges.

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