Moonlight and shelter cause differential seed selection and removal by rodents

Perea García-Calvo, Ramón; González Barrio, Rocío; San Miguel Ayanz, Alfonso y Gil Sanchez, Luis (2011). Moonlight and shelter cause differential seed selection and removal by rodents. "Animal Behaviour", v. 82 (n. 4); pp. 717-723. ISSN 0003-3472. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.07.001.

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Título: Moonlight and shelter cause differential seed selection and removal by rodents
Autor/es:
  • Perea García-Calvo, Ramón
  • González Barrio, Rocío
  • San Miguel Ayanz, Alfonso
  • Gil Sanchez, Luis
Tipo de Documento: Artículo
Título de Revista/Publicación: Animal Behaviour
Fecha: Octubre 2011
Volumen: 82
Materias:
Escuela: E.T.S.I. Montes (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Departamento: Silvopascicultura [hasta 2014]
Licencias Creative Commons: Reconocimiento - Sin obra derivada - No comercial

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Various environmental factors may influence the foraging behaviour of seed dispersers which could ultimately affect the seed dispersal process. We examined whether moonlight levels and the presence or absence of rodentshelter affect rodentseedremoval (rate, handling time and time of removal) and seedselection (size and species) among seven oak species. The presence or absence of safe microhabitats was found to be more important than moonlight levels in the removal of seeds. Bright moonlight caused a different temporal distribution of seedremoval throughout the night but only affected the overall removal rates in open microhabitats. Seeds were removed more rapidly in open microhabitat (regardless of the moon phase), decreasing the time allocated to seed discrimination and translocation. Only in open microhabitats did increasing levels of moonlight decrease the time allocated to selection and removal of seeds. As a result, a more precise seedselection was made under shelter, owing to lower levels of predation risk. Rodent ranking preference for species was identical between full/new moon in shelter but not in open microhabitats. For all treatments, species selection by rodents was much stronger than size selection. Nevertheless, heavy seeds, which require more energy and time to be transported, were preferentially removed under shelter, where there is no time restriction to move the seeds. Our findings reveal that seedselection is safety dependent and, therefore, microhabitats in which seeds are located (sheltered versus exposed) and moonlight levels in open areas should be taken into account in rodent food selection studies.

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Identificador DC: http://oa.upm.es/11668/
Identificador OAI: oai:oa.upm.es:11668
Identificador DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.07.001
Depositado por: Memoria Investigacion
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