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University of Cape Town (2009)

Seasonal patterns in body temperature and behaviour in Cape ground squirrels, Xerus inauris, living in a semi-arid environment

Wilson, Wendy Anne

Titre : Seasonal patterns in body temperature and behaviour in Cape ground squirrels, Xerus inauris, living in a semi-arid environment

Auteur : Wilson, Wendy Anne

Université de soutenance : University of Cape Town

Grade : Master of Science (MS) (2009)

Résumé
Miniature temperature-sensitive data loggers were implanted into the abdominal cavities of 16 free-ranging Cape ground squirrels, Xerus inauris, to investigate seasonal body temperature patterns. Data loggers recorded body temperature at 5-min intervals while microclimate variables were recorded in situ at 15 minute intervals. The behaviour of the study animals was recorded using 5-min scan samples throughout the day. These data were collected for eight Cape ground squirrels for 27 and 28 days during the austral winter and summer respectively.

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