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Volume 80, Issue 2


Survival and recruitment of the multimammate mouse, Mastomys natalensis (Smith 1834), in a rice agro-ecosystem

Loth S. Mulungu / Victoria Ngowo
  • Rodent Control Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, P.O. Box 3047, Morogoro, Tanzania
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/ Mashaka E. Mdangi / Abdul S. Katakweba / Protas Tesha
  • Rodent Control Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, P.O. Box 3047, Morogoro, Tanzania
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/ Furaha P. Mrosso / Margaret Mchomvu
  • Rodent Control Centre, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, P.O. Box 3047, Morogoro, Tanzania
  • Ilonga Agricultural Research Institute P.O. Box 33 Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania
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/ Apia W. Massawe / Ara Monadjem
  • Department of Biological Sciences, University of Swaziland, Private Bag 4, Kwaluseni, Swaziland
  • Mammal Research Institute, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, Private Bag 20, Hatfield 0028, Pretoria, South Africa
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/ Bukheti Kilonzo / Steven R. Belmain
Published Online: 2015-03-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2014-0150


We investigated the recruitment and survival of the multimammate mouse, Mastomys natalensis, within irrigated rice and fallow field habitats at different time periods related to rice crop growth stages. Capture-Mark-Recapture data were collected for M. natalensis each month from June 2010 to May 2012, and both recruitment and survival were estimated in relation to land use (irrigated rice or fallow field) within the agro-ecosystem. Higher recruitment and survival were observed in rice fields than in fallow fields suggesting the relationship was compensatory when there was a higher quality food resource. In terms of management, farmers in the study area should implement management strategies in rice fields at both transplanting and maturity stages of crop growth in order to maintain recruitment and survival at low levels.

Keywords: agriculture; pest management; population dynamics; rice cropping; rodent


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Corresponding author: Loth S. Mulungu, Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P.O. Box 3110, Morogoro, Tanzania, e-mail:

Received: 2014-10-13

Accepted: 2015-01-27

Published Online: 2015-03-06

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 80, Issue 2, Pages 205–210, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2014-0150.

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