Coexistence of Temporally Partitioned Spiny Mice : Roles of Habitat Structure and Foraging Behavior

@inproceedings{Jones2001CoexistenceOT,
  title={Coexistence of Temporally Partitioned Spiny Mice : Roles of Habitat Structure and Foraging Behavior},
  author={Menna E. Jones and Yael Mandelik},
  year={2001}
}
Two coexisting species of spiny mice in rocky deserts in Israel temporally partition activity in opposite parts of the diel cycle. Acomys cahirinus is nocturnal and A. russatus is diurnal, although it becomes nocturnal if its congener is experimentally removed, suggesting that the temporal partitioning is driven by interspecific competition. Such extreme temporal partitioning within the diel cycle has not previously been recorded elsewhere among mammals. Using artificial food patches, we… CONTINUE READING