Small mammals in pine plantations and natural habitats on Zomba plateau, Malawi.

Published online
17 May 1988
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Happold, D. C. D. & Happold, M.

Publication language
Malawi & Africa South of Sahara


Results are presented from live-trapping studies at 12 sites (9 Pinus patula plantations, 1-32 yr old; 1 Cupressus lusitanica plantation, 17 yr old; a Widdringtonia nodiflora forest, 78 yr old; and an area of secondary tangles, 5 yr old). In the natural habitats, 5× more individuals were caught than in the plantations. Numbers caught in the plantations declined with decreasing number of trees per ha, increasing tree ht., increasing ht. to lowest branch, and increasing amount of pine litter.

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