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dc.contributorThe authors wish to thank the staff at RSABG for their support in conducting this work as well as Drs. Andres Aguilar and Paul Narguizian for their review of an earlier draft. Also, thank you to the three anonymous reviewers whose comments helped improve this research note.
dc.contributor.authorOrtiz, Janel L.
dc.contributor.authorMuchlinski, Alan E.
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-03T11:18:09Z
dc.date.available2020-09-03T11:18:09Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholar.oxy.edu/handle/20.500.12711/9408
dc.description.abstractThe Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) has been introduced to many areas within California. Over time, the fox squirrel has expanded its geographic range and has displaced the native Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) in many urban/suburban habitats. Reasons for displacement could be similarities in habitat, space, and/or resource use by each species. A food preferences study was conducted in Claremont, CA at a native California botanic garden. Food items consumed by each species were recorded for one year. Species ate different food items with fox squirrels utilizing more natural foods totaling to 22 items. The gray squirrel utilized 18 food items with 11 of those overlapping with the fox squirrel. The fox squirrel also utilized several plant and tree species whereas the gray squirrel remained with only 3 plant/tree species yet consumed many different reproductive structures such as fruits, catkins, and buds. This study provides information on coexistence of gray and fox squirrels and potential reasons for gray squirrel displacement.
dc.subjectfood selection
dc.subjectSciurus griseus
dc.subjectSciurus niger
dc.subjectgray squirrel
dc.subjectfox squirrel
dc.titleFood Selection of Coexisting Western Gray Squirrels and Eastern Fox Squirrels in a Native California Botanic Garden in Claremont, California
dc.title.alternativeFood Selection of Gray Squirrels and Fox Squirrels
dc.typeresearchnote
dc.abstract.formatonep
dc.source.beginpage98
dc.source.issuescas/vol114/iss2
dc.source.issue2
dc.identifier.legacyhttps://scholar.oxy.edu/scas/vol114/iss2/4
dc.source.endpage103
dc.source.peer_reviewedTRUE
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.source.volume114
dc.source.journaltitleScas: Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences


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