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Shrew trap efficiency: experience from primary forest, secondary forest, old fallow land and old palm plantation in the Congo River basin (Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo)

Mbalitini Gambalemoke
  • 1Université de Kisangani, Faculté des Sciences, Laboratoire d'Ecologie et de Gestion des Ressources Animales (LEGERA), B.P. 2012 Kisangani, DR Congo
/ Itoka Mukinzi
  • 2Université de Kisangani, Faculté des Sciences, Laboratoire d'Ecologie et de Gestion des Ressources Animales (LEGERA), B.P. 2012 Kisangani, DR Congo
/ Drazo Amundala
  • 3Université de Kisangani, Faculté des Sciences, Laboratoire d'Ecologie et de Gestion des Ressources Animales (LEGERA), B.P. 2012 Kisangani, DR Congo
/ Gatate-Banda Katuala
  • 4Université de Kisangani, Faculté des Sciences, Laboratoire d'Ecologie et de Gestion des Ressources Animales (LEGERA), B.P. 2012 Kisangani, DR Congo
/ Jan Kennis
  • 5Evolutionary Ecology Group, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
/ Akaibe Dudu
  • 6Université de Kisangani, Faculté des Sciences, Laboratoire d'Ecologie et de Gestion des Ressources Animales (LEGERA), B.P. 2012 Kisangani, DR Congo
/ Rainer Hutterer
  • 7Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
/ Patrick Barrière
  • 8Université de Rennes 1, UMR 6553 – CNRS, Ecosystèmes, Biodiversité et Evolution, Station Biologique de Paimpont, F-35380, France
/ Herwig Leirs
  • 9Evolutionary Ecology Group, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen, Belgium and Danish Pest Infestation Laboratory, University of Aarhus, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Integrated Pest Management, Skovbrynet 14, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
/ Erik Verheyen
  • 10Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Vertebrate Department, Vautierstaat 29, Brussels, Belgium
Published Online: 2008-10-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/MAMM.2008.039

Abstract

We investigated the efficiency of four trap types (pitfall, Sherman LFA, Victor snap and Museum Special snap traps) to capture shrews. This experiment was conducted in five inter-riverine forest blocks in the region of Kisangani. The total trapping effort was 6,300, 9,240, 5,280 and 5,460 trap-nights for the pitfall, Sherman, Victor and Museum Special traps, respectively. In total, we captured 366 shrews. The use of pitfall traps yielded the highest trapping success (4.1) with at least 18 shrew species identified. Trapping success and the number of species collected was lower for the Sherman (0.6, at least 11 species), Victor (0.6, at least 8 species) and Museum Special (0.5, at least 6 species) traps. Although Crocidura olivieri and C. denti were caught using all four trap types, captures with different trap types did not produce a sample with the same taxonomic composition. In agreement with previous studies, our results indicate that pitfall traps are the most efficient for capturing shrews: not only do they have a higher efficiency (yield), but the taxonomic diversity of shrews is also higher when pitfall traps are used.

Keywords: Congo River basin; Kisangani; shrew; trap efficiency

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Published Online: 2008-10-06

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Citation Information: mammalia, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/MAMM.2008.039. Export Citation

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