Demography of the striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) in the succulent karoo

@article{Schradin2005DemographyOT,
  title={Demography of the striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) in the succulent karoo},
  author={C. Schradin and N. Pillay},
  journal={Mammalian Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={70},
  pages={84-92}
}
The striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio) is widely distributed in southern Africa, inhabiting a wide range of habitats. We describe the demography of the striped mouse in the arid succulent karoo of South Africa, and compare our findings with those of published results for the same species from the moist grasslands of South Africa. In both habitats, breeding starts in spring, but the breeding season in the succulent karoo is only half as long as in the grasslands, which can be explained by… Expand

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