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1 December 2014 Nocturnal activity patterns of the monito del monte ( Dromiciops gliroides) in native and exotic habitats
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Dromiciops gliroides is an arboreal nocturnal marsupial. We used camera traps to monitor its activity in native forest and eucalyptus plantations with native understory for 2 summers. We obtained 2.75 records camera−1 month−1 in the forest and 2.16 in the plantation. Activity period ranged from 1900 to 0700 h, but reached its peak around 0200 h. Activity patterns were variable among months, but there were no significant differences between native and eucalyptus habitats, which overlapped between 55% and 97%. It is remarkable to have found D. gliroides in habitats dominated by exotic trees, because this species has been considered to be restricted to native forests.

Dromiciops gliroides es un marsupial arbóreo nocturno. Se utilizaron trampas-cámara para monitorear su actividad en bosques nativos y plantaciones de eucalipto con sotobosque nativo por dos veranos. Se obtuvieron 2.75 registros cámara−1 mes−1 en el bosque y 2.16 en la plantación. El periodo de actividad se extendió entre las 19 y las 07 h, alcanzando su máximo aproximadamente a las 02 h. Los patrones de actividad variaron entre meses, pero no difirieron significativamente entre el bosque nativo y la plantación de eucalipto, donde se solaparon entre 55% y 97%. Es destacable el hecho de haber encontrado a D. gliroides en hábitats dominados por árboles exóticos, dado que se consideraba que esta especie estaba restringida al bosque nativo.

Francisco E. Fontúrbel, Alina B. Candia, and Carezza Botto-Mahan "Nocturnal activity patterns of the monito del monte ( Dromiciops gliroides) in native and exotic habitats," Journal of Mammalogy 95(6), 1199-1206, (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-304
Received: 25 November 2013; Accepted: 1 July 2014; Published: 1 December 2014
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