Evidence of niche partitioning among small mammals in the Eastern Mojave Desert from scat distribution

Jacob Ferrall, Lucy Malamud-Roam, Roxana Ramirez &
Species that occupy similar ecological niches rely on niche partitioning to avoid direct competition. Our study aimed to detect niche partitioning between four abundant small mammal species residing in the Eastern Mojave Desert. By varying resource usage over space and time, the desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii), the blacktailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus), the desert woodrat (Neotoma lepida), and the white-tailed antelope squirrel (Ammospermophilus leucurus) are able to coexist along the mountains’ ridge. We investigated their niche...
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