oa Madoqua - A preliminary description of body maintenance behaviour of four Gerbillurus species

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



The behaviour of captive solitary animaIs of the species Gerbillurus poeba paeba, G.p. exilis, G. tytonis, G. setzeri and G. vallinus is descriptionbed. Few interspecific differences were found in locomotion, feeding, grooming, sandbathing, nestbuiIding and exploratory behaviour. The main form of Iocomotion in all species was quadrupedal saltation. G, tytonis had a significantly longer leap length that G. paeba in the field.

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