Archive \ Volume.7 2018 Issue 2

Biometric characterization of the Atlas Goundi (Ctenodactylus gundi) (ROTHMAN, 1776) (Rodentia, Ctenodactylidae) in eastern Algeria

Salim Meddour , Makhlouf Sekour , Randa Mlik , Karim Souttou
Abstract

Out of 89 individuals of Ctenodactylus gundi trapped in the Algerian Aures massif, the captured females (Ni = 47) outnumbered the males (Ni = 42). Most of the animals belonged to the age class of adults (70.8%). The females (7 months) were often more captured than the males (3 months), with a peak in December 2016 (8 ? / 7 ?). Juveniles had been noted from April to July 2017, while the sub-adults had been captured from April until August 2017. Regarding the morphometry, the females were slightly larger than males, whereas it was the opposite for the cranial measurements. Overall, the measurements varied according to the age classes. In addition, the body size was positively correlated with the most body parameters.


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