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Understory use by terrestrial small mammals in an unflooded forest patch in the Pantanal floodplain

  • Nayara Yoshie Sano ORCID logo , Heitor Miraglia Herrera , Grasiela Edith de Oliveira Porfirio and Filipe Martins Santos ORCID logo EMAIL logo
From the journal Mammalia


To date, there have been no studies that have evaluated small mammal utilization of the understory of forests. In this study, we described the use of vertical strata by small mammals in patches of unflooded forests, known as “cordilheiras”, in the Nhecolândia sub-region of the Pantanal, Brazil. We collected all species using the ground and understory, including the terrestrial didelphid Monodelphis domestica. We suppose that local habitat features (e.g., Acuri palms), rather than intrinsic species characteristics, may be more conducive to the use of understory vegetation by small mammals in the Nhecolândia region.

Corresponding author: Filipe Martins Santos, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Ambientais e Sustentabilidade Agropecuária, Universidade Católica Dom Bosco, Av. Tamandaré, 6000-Jardim seminário, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil, E-mail:

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  1. Author contribution: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: This study was funded by “Fundação de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento do Ensino, Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Mato Grosso do Sul” (FUNDECT; grant PRONEX 006/2015), “Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior” — CAPES (Finance Code 001), and “Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico” — CNPq (406547/2018-1). It was financed in part by the Fundação Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul – UFMS/MEC. We gratefully acknowledge the receipt of the following grants: FMS 88887.162877/2018-00, NYS 88887.194498/2018-00, and HMH 308768/2017-5 CNPq PQ.

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding this article.


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Received: 2020-02-14
Accepted: 2020-08-12
Published Online: 2020-09-07
Published in Print: 2021-03-26

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