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1 December 2015 Estimation of Muscardinus avellanarius population density by live-trapping
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Common dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) density in Transylvanian Plain is investigated using live-traps. Estimated population size is 39 individuals. Results using non-spatial methods combined with ad hoc calculations of the effective trapping area overestimated common dormouse density, both when using the naïve density estimation (27 ind./ha) and also when the “edge-effect” was accounted for by the addition of a boundary strip (16 ind./ha). Compared with published results using the same methods, our results are yet significantly higher. Spatially explicit capture-recapture approach yields lower density, of 13 ind./ha (maximum likelihood estimate), but still one of the highest densities reported for the species. Interspecific competition for traps was negligible at our study site.

Eliana Sevianu and Alexandru N. Stermin "Estimation of Muscardinus avellanarius population density by live-trapping," Folia Zoologica 64(4), 325-329, (1 December 2015).
Received: 13 December 2014; Accepted: 1 September 2015; Published: 1 December 2015

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