Species diversity and composition of small mammal communities in Goteniška gora (S Slovenia)

Authors

  • Teo Delić University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana
  • Roman Luštrik Podgorska 30, SI-1210 Ljubljana-Šentvid
  • Franc Kljun University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana
  • Hubert Potočnik University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department of Biology, Jamnikarjeva 101, SI-1000 Ljubljana

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.15.1.13-26

Keywords:

small mammal community, long term trapping, Goteniška gora, Dinarides

Abstract

Although a considerable improvement in knowledge about small mammal fauna in Slovenia has been noted over the past 30 years, the group is still understudied. Here we present results of the nine-year trapping and information on abundance and community assemblage of small mammals of Goteniška gora, a mountain in southern Slovenia. Trappings were conducted every September from 2002 to 2010. Traps were set in different habitats, ranging from open-space meadows and stony karst areas to dense fir-beech forests (Abieti-Fagetum dinaricum). At least 12 different species constituted local communities, mostly resembling central European deciduous and mixed forest communities. Some representatives of Alpine small mammal communities and a Pleistocene relict were also present.

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30.06.2013

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Delić, T., Luštrik, R., Kljun, F., & Potočnik, H. (2013). Species diversity and composition of small mammal communities in Goteniška gora (S Slovenia). Natura Sloveniae, 15(1), 13-26. https://doi.org/10.14720/ns.15.1.13-26

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