oa African Zoology - Nest-building behaviour in Aethomys chrysophilus, Praomys (Mastomys) natalensis and Rhabdomys pumilio

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Although nest-building is one of many important activities conducted by rodents, it has seldom been subjected to systematic observation. This holds particularly for rodent species indigenous to Africa. The purpose of the present work was to study nest-building in three African rodent species, Aethomys chrysophilus (African rat), Praomys (Mastomys) natalensis (multimammate rat) and Rhabdomys pumilio (striped mouse). For details concerning the distribution and morphology of these species, Davis (1968) and Misonne (1968) may be consulted. An attempt was made to determine the amount of nest-building in both sexes of each species, at different temperatures.

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