A field trial of the efficiency of "Faragir" trap in capturing rodents

Hamidi K       

Abstract

Obtaining reliable data on rodent's diversity requires efficient traps. A short term experiment to assess effectiveness of a new live trap for rodents sampling was carried out in rocky hillsides regions in the northeast of Iran. Our aim was to evaluate the efficiency of "Faragir" trap on the capture rate of small rocky inhabitant rodents. The traps were set for 26 trials in six stations between Apr. 2014 and Apr. 2015, and overall 780 trap nights were conducted. We made 108 captures of different rodents species; 5 Apodemus witherbeyi, 17 Mus musculus, 3 Rattus norvegicus, 28 Meriones persicus, 53 Calomyscus elburzensis, 2 Cricetulus migratorius. Highest and lowest capture numbers were for C. elburzensis (6.7%) and C. migratorius (0.2%), respectively. As a result, trapping with "Faragir" trap proved to be relatively satisfactory (trapping success= in average 24.1%). Smaller species were caught, whereas the bigger ones were succeeded in getting away from the trap. We suggest that this new introduced live trap would constitute an effective technique to study the spatial distribution and the diversity of the small rodents. Further studies are needed to explore the success of trapping with variety of small mammal’s communities in different habitats.


MS Received Date:   2015-06-13  MS Accepted Date:  2015-07-24  MS Published Date:  2015-08-24
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