Habitat selection, home range use, and group size of bat-eared foxes in the Orange Free State

Mackie A.J. ; Nel J.A.J. (1989)

Otocyon megalotis showed a marked preference for grassveld habitat, especially where the grass was 100-250 mm tall. Home range size varied from 0.82 km2 in winter to 1.28 km2 in summer. During the suckling period females foraged alone, and males and cubs ranged over small (0.37-0.47 km2) areas. Mean group size was 2.68 ± 1.27 foxes; mean monthly group sizes varied from 2.05 ± 0.77 foxes (October and November) to 2.97 ± 1.35 foxes (February and June). Selection of habitat, home-range size, and spatial and temporal usage of home ranges was related to the presence of harvester termites. -from Authors

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