Demographics, Den Use, Movements, and Absence of Leishmania mexicana in Southern Plains Woodrats (Neotoma micropus)

  title={Demographics, Den Use, Movements, and Absence of Leishmania mexicana in Southern Plains Woodrats (Neotoma micropus)},
  author={R. Merkelz and S. Kerr},
  journal={Southwestern Naturalist},
  • R. Merkelz, S. Kerr
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Southwestern Naturalist
  • Southern plains woodrats (Neotoma micropus; n = 180) from 86 dens were trapped, tagged, and screened for Leishmania during 2,292 trap-nights conducted at the La Copita Research Area in southern Texas from May 1997 throughDecember 1998. None tested positive for Leishmania. Data on longevity, natality, sex ratio, and density of woodrats at this locality are presented along with an analysis of the changing occupancies of individual dens and apparent movements between dens by individual woodrats. 
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