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Preliminary observations on home ranges and natural history of Scotinomys teguina in Costa Rica

David O. Ribble
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  • Department of Biology, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212, USA
  • Monteverde Institute, APDO 69-5655, Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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Published Online: 2018-02-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0065


We conducted a brief radiotelemetry study of Scotinomys teguina (Alston’s singing mice) in Costa Rica to better understand their natural history and spatial ecology. We radio-collared five mice, one of which was quickly eaten by a pitviper. The home ranges of the remaining mice were in moist habitats and ranged from 255 to 1620 m2, with extensive overlap between adjacent individuals. Singing mice, being small, diurnal, uniformly dark-colored insectivores foraging in dense forest floor habitats, have an adaptive syndrome similar to soricids, which may be due to the low diversity of shrews through Central America.

Keywords: adaptive syndrome; Costa Rica; habitat use; home range; singing mice


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Received: 2017-06-02

Accepted: 2017-12-07

Published Online: 2018-02-01

Citation Information: Mammalia, 20170065, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0065.

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