oa African Zoology - Behavioural studies on some Rhodesian rodents

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Field studies (Lake Kariba shoreline and Salisbury) and experiments with a captive colony of 12 species of Rhodesian rodents were undertaken for a period of three years. Comparative behavioural data are presented here with special reference to den and nest behaviour, group and territorial behaviour, reproductive and juvenile behaviour, and activity pattern. No species was found to be truly gregarious except Dendromus mesomelas, but Praomys (Mastomys) natalensis, Lemniscomys griselda, Tatera leucogaster, and Aethomys chrysophilus were found to tolerate crowded conditions in captivity.

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