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1 May 2009 Benefits of Subcutaneous Implantation of Radiotransmitters in Pocket Gophers
Matthew B. Connior, Thomas S. Risch
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Conventional attachment of radiotransmitters may not be feasible in pocket gophers due to their unique morphology and fossorial lifestyle. We implanted radiotransmitters subcutaneously in Ozark pocket gophers, Geomys bursarius ozarkensis, 3 March 2007–10 February 2008. Of the 72 surgeries, 70 were successful. We recaptured 22 individuals (range, 20–325 days post-implantation) and recorded a mean change in mass from implantation to recapture for adult males, adult females, and juveniles of 1.1% (SD  =  11.9), −1.6% (SD  =  9.0), and 17.3% (SD  =  18.8), respectively. We suggest that subcutaneous implantation is the best method for pocket gophers and may be applicable for other small mammals.

Matthew B. Connior and Thomas S. Risch "Benefits of Subcutaneous Implantation of Radiotransmitters in Pocket Gophers," The Southwestern Naturalist 54(2), 214-216, (1 May 2009).
Received: 26 February 2008; Accepted: 1 August 2008; Published: 1 May 2009
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