oa African Zoology - The habits and habitats of small rodents in the Congo river catchment region of Zambia and Tanzania

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The reclassification of the mammals of Southern Africa by Ellerman, Morrisen-Scott and Hayman (1953), outline the distribution of the mammals of Tanzania and Zambia. Very little, however, is known about the habits or habitats of small mammals which are seldom seen in life. Although the species are far less numerous than those of birds, yet small mammals must be very abundant in individuals, especially during periodic plagues. There is practically nowhere where one or more species may not be found, although the distribution of each appears to be controlled by special habitat preferences. It is as a contribution to the scanty knowledge of the ecology of eastern African rodents therefore that this paper is written.

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