n African Zoology - Black mongoose home range and social behaviour affected by abundant food at an antelope carcass - : short communication

Volume 40, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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The rupicolous black mongoose <I>(Galerella nigrata)&lt;/I&gt; is endemic to southwestern Africa. Because virtually nothing is known about its behavioural ecology we radio- tracked an adult male that we accidentally captured in the foothills of the Erongo Mountains of Namibia from May to July 2003. During our study a greater kudu <I>(Tragelaphus strepsiceros)&lt;/I&gt; died within the home range of the mongoose and up to seven mongooses fed on adult, larval, and pupal sarcophagid flies attracted to the rotting antelope. Intra-specific aggression near the carcass probably produced a dominance hierarchy that resulted in the mongooses feeding solitarily at the kudu. The post-kudu home range area of the tagged mongoose shrank by 66% and its centre of activity shifted to the carcass. The feeding and ranging behaviours of <I>G. nigrata&lt;/I&gt; appear to be similar to other species of <I>Galerella</I>.

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