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Round-pot feeder: low-cost apparatus for field studies on food supplementation for arboreal small mammals

André Faria MendonçaORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8248-0639 / Thaiz Armond
  • Laboratório de Ecologia de Vertebrados, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade de Brasília, Campus Darcy Ribeiro, CP 04457, Brasília DF, CEP 70919-970, Brazil
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Published Online: 2017-03-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0171

Abstract

We describe a newly developed and low-cost feeder designed for use with arboreal small mammals under any climatic condition. As part of a project on bottom-up regulation of small mammal populations in central Brazil, we present the results of 16 months of food supplementation. During the study, more than 118 kg of milled cat food were consumed, out of a total of 207 kg offered. Moreover, we registered a low rate of loss (14.05%) of feeders from falling to the ground or termite/ant colonization. The round-pot feeder described here represents a low-cost method for providing continuous food-supplementation, contraceptives, or poisoned baits to arboreal small mammals.

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Keywords: Cerrado; food addition; Gracilinanus agilis; population control; population regulation; Rhipidomys macrurus; woodland savanna

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About the article

Received: 2016-11-26

Accepted: 2017-02-24

Published Online: 2017-03-30

Published in Print: 2017-12-20


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 1, Pages 68–71, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0171.

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