Small mammals of native steppe of the Shyrokolanivskyi military training ground

I. Rusev1, V. Zakusilo1, M. Tverezovskuy2, V. Kyrychenko3, V. Vynnyk1, V. Prykhodko4, D.Radkov1*, M. Korober2

1Ukrainian Scientific-Research Anti-Plague Institute named after I.I.Mechnikov
4, Tserkovna St., Odesa 65003, Ukraine
227 Sanitary-Epidemiological Department
48, Staroportofrankivska St., Odesa 65007, Ukraine
3Laboratory Center of State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of Ukraine in Mykolayiv Oblast
1, Blakytna St., Mykolayiv 54058, Ukraine
467 Sanitary-Epidemiological Department
10, Kotelna St., Mykolayiv 54003, Ukraine

During the monitoring of small mammals conducted in 2000–2012 on the territory of the military training ground called “Shyrokyi Lan” in Mykolayiv oblast of Ukraine, species diversity, numbers and habitat distribution were studied. It was found that 15 species of small mammals in habit steppe coenoses of the training ground “Shyrokyi Lan”, 4 species of which were entered to the Red Data Book of Ukraine (2009). Species diversity of small mammals is the highest in wood and shrub vegetation coenoses. The highest number of them was registered in the woodlands, with its growth in autumn in all types of habitats. In autumn of 2011 the number of small mammals on the surveyed territory reached the highest level, significantly exceeding that for Ukraine and Mykolayiv oblast throughout the monitoring period. The number of steppe mouse (Mus spicilegus) in areas of native steppe is extremely low. Steppe mouse (Mus spicilegus) can be found along floodplain of small rivers and plowed military training ground areas.

Keywords: small mammals, native steppe coenoses, agrocenoses

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