Rapid morphological change in a small mammal species after habitat fragmentation over the past half-century

Jiaqi Li
Study Aim: To compare the rapid shifts in body size of mainland and island populations of a native rodent and examine the mechanisms underlying these changes. Location: Thousand Island Lake, China, which was created in 1959 when the Xin’anjiang Dam was constructed for generating hydroelectricity. Taxon: The Chinese white-bellied rat, Niviventer confucianus. Methods: Field surveys were conducted from 2015 to 2018 to collect data on body size of the rodents from a set of islands...
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