The Golden Mouse

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-15
  • Publisher: Springer Nature

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No group of mammals has more species than Rodentia. With close to 2300 recognized species throughout the world, Rodents comprise about forty-two percent of all living mammalian species. These mammals can have major impacts on human life'they can be major crop depredators, vectors of disease, and important models for scientific research. When we hear the familiar phrase charismatic mammalian megafauna, we immediately envision large, powerful carnivores like lions and grizzly bears, or sleek, graceful ungulates like deer and antelope. But we rarely hear about charismatic mammalian microfauna, such as mice. The golden mouse is considered by many to be the most charismatic and ecologically unique of the mammalian microfauna. This volume is the first attempt to draw together what is known about the golden mouse ranging from systematics, natural history, and population dynamics to coexistence, nesting behavior, and semi-arboreal living in managed and natural ecological systems. In this scholarly work, the golden mouse is used as a model to explore conceptual issues in ecology across levels of organization from organism to landscape, integrating reductionism and holistic ecological science. Chapters also include ecological processes such as behavior, energetics, evolution, and regulation that transcend these levels of organization. Future integrative research studies across levels of organization also are addressed. The Golden Mouse: Ecology and Conservation will interest students and professionals in conservation biology, ecology, mammalogy, and wildlife management, as well as readers interested in natural history. About the Editors: Gary W. Barrett is Odum Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. George A. Feldhamer is Professor of Zoology, and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

Author Biography

Gary Barrett, Odum Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia, is the author of Landscape Ecology of Small Mammals, published by Springer in 1999, which has sold 846 copies. He is also the author with the late Eugene Odum of Fundamentals of Ecology, 5/e, published in 2004.George A. Feldhamer is Professor of Zoology, and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Golden Mouse: A Levels-of-Organization Perspectivep. 3
The Golden Mouse: Taxonomy and Natural Historyp. 21
Levels of Organization
Population Ecology of the Golden Mousep. 39
Community Ecology of the Golden Mousep. 59
Ecosystem Ecology of the Golden Mousep. 81
Landscape Ecology of the Golden Mousep. 99
Transcending Processes
Relative Abundance and Conservation: Is the Golden Mouse a Rare Species?p. 117
The Golden Mouse: A Model of Energetic Efficiencyp. 135
Nesting Ecology of the Golden Mouse: An Oikos Engineerp. 151
Ectoparasites, Bots, and Vector-Borne Diseases Associated with the Golden Mousep. 167
New Perspectives and Future Challenges
Aesthetic Landscapes of the Golden Mousep. 193
Future Challenges and Research Opportunities: What Do We Really Know?p. 223
Indexp. 233
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