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1 January 2016 Small Mammal Communities in Eastern Redcedar Forest
Christopher J. Reddin
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Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) is a fire-intolerant tree species that has encroached into grassland ecosystems throughout central and eastern North America. Many land managers are interested in removing eastern redcedar to restore native grasslands. We surveyed small mammals using mark-recapture methods in eastern redcedar forest, warm-season grassland, and oldfield habitats in the Ozark region of northwest Arkansas. We conducted over 3300 trap-nights and captured 176 individuals belonging to eight small mammal species, primarily Peromyscus spp. and Reithrodonotmys fulvescens. While species diversity did not vary among habitats, small mammal species composition in eastern redcedar forest differed from that of warm-season grassland and oldfield habitats. The small mammal community of eastern redcedar forest is as diverse as the warm-season grasslands and oldfields it succeeds but replaces grassland associated small mammal species with forest associated species.

© 2016 American Midland Naturalist
Christopher J. Reddin "Small Mammal Communities in Eastern Redcedar Forest," The American Midland Naturalist 175(1), 113-119, (1 January 2016). https://doi.org/10.1674/amid-175-01-113-119.1
Received: 21 October 2014; Accepted: 1 September 2015; Published: 1 January 2016
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