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An Ecologically Destabilized Environment: Its Effect on Small-Mammal Populations

Authors
  • Lukyanova, L. E.1
  • Lukyanov, O. A.1
  • 1 Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural Division, ul. Vos'mogo Marta 202, Yekaterinburg, 620144, Russia , Yekaterinburg
Type
Published Article
Journal
Russian Journal of Ecology
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Publication Date
May 01, 2004
Volume
35
Issue
3
Pages
181–188
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1023/B:RUSE.0000025969.98937.e5
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Characteristics of the small-mammal populations inhabiting forest biocenoses in the Middle Ural state reserves have been analyzed over in the period from 1987 to 2002. During this period, the habitats of these animals were considerably destabilized due to windfalls and fires. The environmental characteristics of animal microhabitats at different stages of environment destabilization have been described quantitatively. Changes in the long-term cycles of the population dynamics of the dominant forest vole species caused by the destabilizing factors have been found. Redistribution of species dominance with respect to abundance has been demonstrated.

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