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A Field Experiment On Minimum Territory Size in the Common Shrew Sorex Araneus1

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The existence of a minimum territory size in Sorex araneus was tentatively tested in some small-scale field experiments. Very young immatures from two successive generations were introduced to two small, shrew-cleared islands in a dune lake. Shrews were introduced in surplus as well as in small numbers and synchronously as well as in successive cohorts. In both years similar but limited numbers of the animals introduced initially established territories; other individuals disappeared altogether within 24 hours when the area seemed completely occupied, but did not do so when some space was still left. Minimum territory size in this humid dune biotope was estimated at about 90 m2.

Affiliations: 1: (Department of Population Biology, University of Leiden, P.O. Box 9516, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands

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2016-12-10

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