oa African Zoology - Hoarding in four southern African rodent species

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The comparative hoarding behaviour of four rodent species, Saccostomus campestris, Desmodillus auricularis, Tatera brantsii and T. leucogaster was studied under semi-natural conditions after prior determination of the seed preferences of each species. The results are consistent with all available ecologicaI data. Desmodillus and Saccostomus are true larder-hoarders, although Desmodillus also scatter-hoards on occasion. The Tatera spp. did not hoard, but frequently covered seeds, a possible primitive form of scatter-hoarding.

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