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Morteza Naderi

Morteza Naderi

Academic rank: Associate Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7578-4159
Education: PhD.
Faculty: Agriculture and Environment
Address: Arak University


Habitat structure can affect nocturnal activity pattern of Jerboas: a comparison of semi-desert and mountainous areas of Iran
دوپاها، فعالیت شبانه، رفتارشناسی جوندگان
Researchers Sanaz Safavian ، Morteza Naderi ، Bahareh Shahriari


nvestigation about the activity pattern of the Jerboas in different habitat types inclu- ding scares semi-desert steppe habitats with low and scares vegetation in the central parts and mountainous dense steppes in the north-western parts of Iran confirmed that habitat structure can strongly affect nocturnal activity behavior of such small mammals with unique bipedal movement. In both habitat types we recorded more encounter rate with the individuals in the first and last weeks of the lunar nights (low moon period) but the pattern of habitat selection showed significant differences. Statistical analysis for investigating about the mean difference of used plots vegetation percent cover and habitat types in both low and high moon periods showed that habitat structural feature can significantly affect the species habitat usage pattern. Bipedal locomotion pattern of the species require specific anti-predator habitat selection mechanism that is differ from other small mammals.