Cyclicity of the European water vole population as a factor of biodiversity in ecosystems of Western Siberia

Cyclicity of the European water vole population as a factor of biodiversity in ecosystems of... Population outbreaks of the European water vole (Arvicola amphibius = Arvicola terrestris) in the northern forest-steppe of Western Siberia have been analyzed over more than 100 years. The results show that the period of the A. amphibius population cycle averages 8 years and its amplitude reaches a factor of 103–104, with population outbreaks leading to large-scale rearrangements in the ecosystem. In particular, the abundance of other species in the murine rodent community decreases with a 1-year lag, while the abundance of myophagous predators increases in the last year of the outbreak or in the next year. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

Cyclicity of the European water vole population as a factor of biodiversity in ecosystems of Western Siberia

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Subject
Life Sciences; Ecology; Environment, general
ISSN
1067-4136
eISSN
1608-3334
D.O.I.
10.1134/S1067413613050081
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Abstract

Population outbreaks of the European water vole (Arvicola amphibius = Arvicola terrestris) in the northern forest-steppe of Western Siberia have been analyzed over more than 100 years. The results show that the period of the A. amphibius population cycle averages 8 years and its amplitude reaches a factor of 103–104, with population outbreaks leading to large-scale rearrangements in the ecosystem. In particular, the abundance of other species in the murine rodent community decreases with a 1-year lag, while the abundance of myophagous predators increases in the last year of the outbreak or in the next year.

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Russian Journal of EcologySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 5, 2013

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