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Abundant Distribution of Little Indian Field Mouse, Mus booduga, in the Wetlands of Salt Range, Punjab, Pakistan

Abundant Distribution of Little Indian Field Mouse, Mus booduga, in the Wetlands of Salt Range, Punjab, Pakistan

Abdul Aziz Khan1,*, Waseem Ahmad Khan2, Waseem Ahmad Khan3 and Najam-ul-Huda Khan4

1Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad, Pakistan
2Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
3Federal Post Graduate College, H-8, Islamabad, Pakistan
4WWF Pakistan, Ferozepur Road, Lahore, Pakistan

* Corresponding author: pestwatch360@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

We studied the abundance and population structure of Little Indian field mouse, Mus booduga, at five lakes in the Salt Range, Punjab, Paklistan. The trapping data of 375 trap nights indicated highest abundance of Mus booduga (no = 132), out of 141 small mammals trapped. Majority of the Mus booduga specimens were adults (56.06%) while the juvenile/sub-adults were 43.94% of the total specimens trapped. The highest trap success of Mus booduga of 74% was achieved at Namal Lake, followed by Khabeki (38.67%), Uchali (30.67%), Kallar Kahar (16%) and the lowest at Jahlar Lake (12%). The results of the present study indicated that distribution of Mus booduga was abundant in thorn-scrub habitat around five lakes in the Salt Range.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology (Associated Journals)

December

Vol. 49, Iss. 5, Pages 1937-2341

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