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1 February 2008 Differential Responses of two Species of Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys) to Heavy Rains: a Humbling Reappraisal
Douglas A. Kelt, James A. Wilson, Eddy S. Konno, Jessica D. Braswell, Douglas Deutschman
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Abstract

Reanalysis of a recently published data set on the responses of 2 species of kangaroo rats to the 1997–1998 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event revealed an error during data manipulation, and underscored the perils associated with electronic data storage, manipulation, and analyses. Renewed analyses revealed that Dipodomys simulans was not catastrophically impacted by the ENSO event. Both species were negatively impacted by 2 separate rainy periods, and both species appeared to recover rapidly. The rate of demographic recovery may be a function of habitat preferences. Dipodomys stephensi occurs in valley bottoms and recovered numerically only after cessation of rains, whereas D. simulans, which occurs on better-drained habitat in adjacent hill slopes, appeared to initiate demographic recovery half way through the rainy period associated with the 1998 ENSO. In contrast, however, D. simulans was not observed to recover for about 5 months after the rainy period in 2000.

Douglas A. Kelt, James A. Wilson, Eddy S. Konno, Jessica D. Braswell, and Douglas Deutschman "Differential Responses of two Species of Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys) to Heavy Rains: a Humbling Reappraisal," Journal of Mammalogy 89(1), 252-254, (1 February 2008). https://doi.org/10.1644/07-MAMM-A-167.1
Accepted: 1 July 2007; Published: 1 February 2008
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Dipodomys simulans
Dipodomys stephensi
Dulzura kangaroo rat
El Niño Southern Oscillation
ENSO
Stephens' kangaroo rat
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