In this project, I propose to test in a free living sciurid
rodent, the Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris), whether the costs of group living vary with social status, and whether this can be explained by physiological and molecular changes that influence longevity.
Likewise, falconers anecdotally report cases where sciurid
prey can bite and injure the feet of hawks and eagles.
Digesta retention and digestive performance in sciurid
and microtine rodents: effects of hindgut morphology and body size.
A phylogenetic tree based on the omp1n gene clusters a sciurid
strain with local horses, distinct from northern California woodrats (online Appendix Figure, available from www.
After adjusting for sciurid
captures, capture rates remained higher for Sherman traps in northern hardwoods (Z = 2.
1991a), preliminary discussion of sigmodontine rodents (Austin 1992), and detailed analyses of the freshwater and terrestrial mollusks (Roth and Reynolds 1990), lizards (Norell 1986), sciurid
rodents (Goodwin and Reynolds 1989), and woodrats (Force 1991).
rodents have very strong jaw musculature and are among the few animals that can open the hard shells of Juglans and Carya nuts (Emry & Thorington, 1984).