Analysis of spatial organization of a desert rodent community in Bolson de Mapimi, Mexico

K. Rogovin, G. Shenbrot, A. Surov

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Studied the distribution of niches in resource space and niche patterns of a 12-species community of desert rodents. Fourteen characters of the environment and eight morphological indicators of niches were used. The first three canonical axes of resource space accounted for 81% of the variance; each of the axes is identified by one of the characteristics of the substrate and one to two characteristics of the vegetation. There was a high level of continuity in distribution of species in the resource space. The lowest values of coefficients of variation of niche overlap and of distances between niche centers characterize a group of the nearest-neighbor species. There was a marked negative correlation of morphological distances to the nearest neighbor with the distances between the same species in the resource space. This evidence indicates certain limitations of ecological similarity of cohabitating species. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-359
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Mammalogy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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