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Preliminary observations on home ranges and natural history of Scotinomys teguina in Costa Rica
- Ribble, David O., Rathbun, Galen B.
- Mammalia 2018 v.82 no.5 pp. 490-493
- color, foraging, forest litter, habitats, home range, insectivores, mice, natural history, radio telemetry, shrews, Costa Rica
- 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.