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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Seasonal patterns and influence of temperature on the daily activity of the diurnal neotropical rodent Necromys lasiurus|
|Abstract:||We investigated the relation between temperature and diel activity patterns of Necromys lasiurus (Lund, 1841) in 10 sites of open vegetation (grassland fields) in the Cerrado (savanna-like vegetation) of central Brazil. We used live traps equipped with timing devices during two trapping sessions: in the end of the dry season (session 1, October 2001) and in the wet season (session 2, January February 2002). Necromys lasiurus is basically a diurnal rodent with more pronounced crepuscular and nocturnal activity in the dry season than in the wet season. Only in the wet season did we detect significant between-gender differences, with males being less active than females in the first hours after sunrise but more active between 0900 and 1200. There was no significant activity temperature relation in the dry season, but in the wet season, both genders showed a positive relation between ambient temperature and activity. Individuals might be avoiding hot midday hours in the end of the dry season to minimize time exposure to a physiologically stressful condition caused by the joint action of high temperatures and extremely low relative humidity (<15%). In the rainy season, the high relative humidity (80%-90%) might allow the animals to show a positive relation between activity and ambient temperature.|
|Editor:||Natl Research Council Canada-n R C Research Press|
|Appears in Collections:||Artigos e Materiais de Revistas Científicas - Unicamp|
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