Repeated capture of beach mice (Peromyscus polionotus phasma and P-P Niveiventris) reduces body mass
Abbreviated Journal Title
Anastasia Island beach mouse; mass loss; Peromyscus polionotus; niveiventris; Peromyscus polionotus phasma; repeated capture; southeastern beach mouse; POPULATION-DYNAMICS; MICROTUS-PENNSYLVANICUS; RECAPTURE DESIGN; CONSERVATION; MANICULATUS; RODENTS; MAMMALS; WEIGHT; ROBUST; Zoology
Body mass is commonly used as an indicator of habitat quality and body condition in small-mammal populations. We examined the effects of consecutive days of livetrapping on body mass of 2 federally listed subspecies of beach mice on the eastern coast of Florida: the Anastasia Island beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus phasma) and the southeastern beach mouse (P. p. niveiventris). Mean mass loss (approximately 0.5 g/recaptured day) was additive and occurred for Anastasia Island beach mice over 2 consecutive days and for southeastern beach mice over 3 consecutive days. Researchers should exercise caution when their trapping protocols call for consecutive nights of trapping.
Journal of Mammalogy
"Repeated capture of beach mice (Peromyscus polionotus phasma and P-P Niveiventris) reduces body mass" (2005). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5703.