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Mammalia 74 (2010): 311315 2010 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin New York. DOI 10.1515/MAMM.2010.035 Article in press -uncorrected proof
 

Summary: Mammalia 74 (2010): 311­315 2010 by Walter de Gruyter · Berlin · New York. DOI 10.1515/MAMM.2010.035
2010/026
Article in press - uncorrected proof
The burrow system of the common vole (M. arvalis, Rodentia)
in Switzerland
Andrea Bru¨gger, Wolfgang Nentwig and Jean-Pierre
Airoldi*
Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern,
Baltzerstrasse 6, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland,
e-mail: airoldi@iee.unibe.ch
*Corresponding author
Abstract
Fifty burrow systems of Microtus arvalis were excavated,
from October 2006 to August 2007 in wildflower fields and
quasi-natural habitats in five areas near Bern, Switzerland.
They comprise an aboveground part, which is longer in
spring/summer, and a subterranean part, which is longer in
autumn/winter. Three main construction types exist: (a) lin-
ear burrows, (b) compact and tight networks, and (c) struc-
tures containing both a compact network around the nest and

  

Source: Airoldi, Jean-Pierre - Zoologischen Institut, Universität Bern

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology