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Habitat use of feral cats in the main environments of an Atlantic Island (La Palma, Canary Islands)

AutorMedina, Félix M. ; Nogales, Manuel
Palabras claveFelis silvestris catus
Spatial patterns
Heterogeneous oceanic environments
Canary Islands
Fecha de publicaciónjul-2007
EditorInstitute of Vertebrate Biology ASCR
CitaciónFolia Zoologica 56(3): 277-283 (2007)
ResumenIn this study we assess the habitat use of feral cats in the five main habitats represented on La Palma Island in the Canary Islands. We determined habitat use by the presence of faeces. Faeces persistence time was significantly different between habitats, being clearly lower in the laurel forest (the wettest) than in the other habitats. This humid environment promotes the high presence of invertebrate decomposers such as Isopoda and Diplopoda. Once the effect of differential persistence times for faeces among the different habitats was controlled for, data obtained indicated that feral cats showed no differences in the use of the five main habitats present on La Palma Island. Although cats selected closed habitats more frequently than open ones, because they prefer cover for hunting, no statistical differences were found in the island habitats studied.
Descripción7 pages, 3 figures.
Versión del editorhttp://www.ivb.cz/folia/contents/Content_obsah.htm
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/12977
ISSN0139-7893
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