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Resting sites of opossums (Didelphimorphia, Didelphidae) in Atlantic Forest fragments

Paula Koeler Lira
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  • Departamento de Biologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Marquês de São Vicente 225, Gávea, CP 38097, CEP 22451-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
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Published Online: 2017-04-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0098

Abstract

We report the type and pattern of use of resting sites used by 14 radio-tracked opossums. Philander frenatus rested in natural structures but also on spherical structures of dry leaves, probably built by them. Caluromys philander and Marmosa paraguayana rested at forest canopy preventing nest type identification. More than half of the resting site locations of each radio-tracked individual were in a single resting site. The repeated use of resting sites in the study area might be a strategy to stay close to resources and a protection against adverse weather conditions, predators and/or competitors.

Keywords: Caluromys philander; Marmosa paraguayana; nests; Philander frenatus; sleeping sites

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aPresent address: Departamento de Biologia, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Marquês de São Vicente 225, Gávea, CP 38097, CEP 22451-900, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

bPresent address: Departamento de Ciências Ambientais, Instituto de Florestas, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, BR 465, Km 07, CEP 23890-000, Seropédica, RJ, Brazil


Received: 2016-07-13

Accepted: 2017-01-19

Published Online: 2017-04-27

Published in Print: 2017-12-20


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 1, Pages 62–64, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0098.

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