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Ecology of Native Animals in California Grasslands

Paula M. Schiffman

in California Grasslands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252202.003.0015
Ecology of Native Animals in California Grasslands

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This chapter addresses soil disturbance, seed dispersal, granivory, and herbivory from a historical perspective as well as within the context of modern-day understanding of grasslands in California. Emphasis is given to the ecological relations of small mammals, particularly burrowing rodents, because a large amount of natural history information on them exists and they have been studied rather intensively by scientists for several decades. The chapter also discusses interactions between native animals and invasive non-native plants, because these plants dominate today's grassland vegetation and are, therefore, habitat components that influence many aspects of animal ecology.

Keywords: soil disturbance; seed dispersal; granivory; herbivory; small mammals; burrowing rodents; native animals; non-native plants; animal ecology

Chapter.  7301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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