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Your Position :Home->Past Journals Catalog->2011 Vol.30 No.4

Cave-site Selection of Eospalax fontanieri in Xi County, Shanxi Province of China
Author of the article:ZHANG Yang1, ZHOU Cai-quan1*, LU Qing-bin2, YUAN Hong3, MAO Jun4, WANG Jing4
Author's Workplace:(1. Institute of Rare Animals and Plants, College of Life Sciences, Key Laboratory of Southwest China Wildlife Resources Conservation (Ministry of Education), Sichuan Provincial Key Laboratory of Environmental Science and Biodiversity Conservation, China West Normal University, Nanchong, Sichuan Province 637009, China ; 2. School of Forestry and Bio-Technology, Zhejiang Agriculture Forestry University, Lin’an, Zhejiang Province 311300, China ; 3. The 2nd Middle School of Youyang, Youyang, Chongqing 409800, China; 4. Chongqing Yunyang Shuangjiang Middle School, Yunyang, Chongqing 404500, China)
Key Words:Eospalax fontanieri; system sampling method; cave-site; habitat-selection; agricultural production
Abstract:The ecology of Chinese zokors (Eospalax fontanieri Milne-Edwards) in Yangtousheng village, Xi county of Shanxi province, China, was studied from June to September in 2009. According to the local situations, ten habitat factors were used in the study. To find the distribution of the zokor’s cave-sites, 384 samples square land were set up with a spacing of 25 m by using the systemic sampling method. In addition, 192 zokors’ cave-sites found during this study were also sampled. It is demonstrated that Chinese zokors prefer to choose the lands growing peanuts and potatoes as cave-sites, while avoid the land planting maize and fruit. Chinese zokors also randomly use the land growing soybean, sweet potato, radish, onion, watermelon, corn and grass. The study also showed that zokors tend to select sunny slopes as their cave-hatches instead of gloomy land, although the later has less human disturbance. Chinese zokors are also inclined to select the land with sparse shrubs and land closed to highway as cave-sites. Based on the aforementioned results, to reduce the cave-sites of Chinese zokors and increase agricultural production, farmland can be planted by growing some crops with less nourished root systems (such as maize, durra, etc.) on the lands close to highway, or by planting fruit or supply wood trees with a higher density.
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