Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11389
Title: Temporal activity patterns of the swamp rat ('Rattus lutreolus') and other rodents in north-eastern New South Wales, Australia
Contributor(s): Meek, Paul (author); Zewe, Frances (author); Falzon, Gregory (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1071/AM11032
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11389
Abstract: The activity patterns and partitioning of time by four small mammal species, with a focus on the swamp rat ('Rattus lutreolus') in north-eastern New South Wales, was investigated using camera trap data from two studies. Analysis was carried out on 1079 camera trap events over 1530 camera trap-nights or 36 720 h of camera trap deployment in the field. The activity patterns of 'Rattus lutreolus' were distinctly diurnal with crepuscular peaks of activity but this differed between sites and when in the presence of competitors. The Hastings River mouse ('Pseudomys oralis') and the bush rat ('Rattus fuscipes') displayed typical bimodal patterns of nocturnal activity. Antechinus were mostly nocturnal but were occasionally active during the day. These data indicate that where species of Muridae co-occur, diurnal time partitioning by 'R. lutreolus' may reduce competition for food resources. It also confirms the speculation that 'R. lutreolus' displays diurnal behaviour, albeit dependent on the presence of other murids.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Mammalogy, 34(2), p. 223-233
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1836-7402
0310-0049
Field of Research (FOR): 050205 Environmental Management
050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
050206 Environmental Monitoring
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Statistics to Oct 2018: Visitors: 213
Views: 509
Downloads: 0
Appears in Collections:Journal Article

Files in This Item:
2 files
File Description SizeFormat 
Show full item record

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

17
checked on Nov 26, 2018

Page view(s)

62
checked on Mar 4, 2019
Google Media

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

 

WEB OF SCIENCETM
Citations

 

Items in Research UNE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.