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Gopher tortoise habitat use and spatial distribution in a southeastern Florida population


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

Gopher tortoise ecology is poorly understood in the rapidly developing, urbanized southeastern end of its range. This study reports on a population at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Burrow surveys were conducted from May to July 2003 and May to August 2004. Burrows were marked and mapped as was vegetative cover. Burrow locations were tested against vegetative cover height and soil types.

Burrow locations did not differ among soil types. The densest concentrations of burrows were located in areas of low, patchy vegetative cover. This is consistent with known gopher tortoise habitat preferences elsewhere in their range. Gopher tortoises on this site appeared to be acclimated to anthropogenic disturbance.

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Subject
Ecology;
Zoology;
Aquaculture;
Fish production
Classification
0329: Ecology
0472: Zoology
0792: Aquaculture
0792: Fish production
Identifier / keyword
Biological sciences
Title
Gopher tortoise habitat use and spatial distribution in a southeastern Florida population
Author
King, E. H.
Number of pages
39
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0119
Source
MAI 44/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542342493, 0542342499
Advisor
Wyneken, Jeanette
University/institution
Florida Atlantic University
University location
United States -- Florida
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1428894
ProQuest document ID
305414132
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305414132
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