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Blarina brevicauda
Explanation, Procedures, Data Files and Publications

For Blarina brevicauda I present only the estimated numbers present in each habitat each month of the study, as estimated by Minimum Known Alive method. There were too few captures most months to justify entry of individual captures. Compilations of proportion reproductive and survival rates are available in the published papers and manuscript.

Procedures - Data analysis
Of the 7,203 individuals captured during the study, 1,933 (26.8%) were dead at first capture. Another 957 were found dead in traps at subsequent captures, for a total trap mortality of 40.1%. While obviously having an impact upon the populations, trap mortality did not appear to disrupt overall dynamics of our study population or unduly bias our conclusions. B. brevicauda did not enter traps until at least three-fourths grown so we could not distinguish young animals from small adults; thus, we did not separate our data by age class. Estimates of population density were compiled manually, based on the minimum number known alive method (Krebs 1999). Owing to very few captures for many months, often 1 or 2, or no captures at all, and few repeated captures, other models of estimating population density were not appropriate. Population data from all sites within each habitat (Getz 1994) were combined for analysis. Thus, population densities represent averages for all sites within each habitat.

Blarina brevicauda Data Files

Blarina publications

1989. A fourteen year study of Blarina brevicauda populations in east-central Illinois. Jour. Mamm., 70:58-66.

1994. Population dynamics of the short-tailed shrew, Blarina brevicauda. In Advances in the biology of shrews. (J. J. Merritt, G. L. Kirkland and R. K. Rose, eds.). Bull Carnegie Museum. Pp. 27-38.


Population dynamics of the northern short-tailed shrew, Blarina brevicauda: insights from a 25-year study
Lowell L. Getz, Joyce E. Hofmann, Betty McGuire, and Madan K. Oli