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Item Description Sugihara, Robert T. en_US 2008-10-26T00:35:52Z 2008-10-26T00:35:52Z 1997-04 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Sugihara RT. 1997. Abundance and diets of rats in two native Hawaiian forests. Pac Sci 51(2): 189-198. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.description.abstract Snap traps were set and monitored in two native Hawaiian rain forests on Maui, Hawai'i, to determine the relative abundances, distributions, and diets of rodents. Black rats (R. rattus), Polynesian rats (R. exulans), and mice (Mus musculus) were abundant throughout the mesic to wet forest habitat in both areas from 1600 to 2000 m elevation during both summer and winter trapping periods. Invertebrates, particularly insect larvae, were the most frequently found and abundant food item in the stomachs of both rat species. Consumption of these prey by rats was higher in winter than in summer. Black rats ate more fruits, seeds, and other vegetation than did Polynesian rats. More information about the life history, ecology, and behavior of rats in native Hawaiian forests is needed to document their impact on endemic ecosystems and to develop effective control techniques. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.title Abundance and Diets of Rats in Two Native Hawaiian Forests en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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