Biology of Wood Rats as Cave Dwellers and Collectors

Robert B. Finley Jr.

in Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240827
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930858 | DOI:
Biology of Wood Rats as Cave Dwellers and Collectors

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Wood rats, genus Neotoma, are terrestrial rodents of the family Muridae. This chapter describes the basic ecology of bushytailed wood rats, Neotoma cinerea, and how they leave evidence of their activities in caves. Porcupine Cave exhibits signs of current wood rat activity in the entrance adit, Badger Room, Gypsum Room, Pit, Velvet Room, and Damp Room. In fact, some floors are carpeted with fecal pellets, plant litter, and urine deposits, including, in many places, great quantities of small bones mixed with sediment.

Keywords: wood rats; Neotoma; Muridae; Neotoma cinerea; Badger Room; Gypsum Room; Pit; Velvet Room; Damp Room

Chapter.  4545 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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