A análise de egagropilos de aves de rapina, em particular de Tyto furcata, constitui uma importante técnica de amostragem de pequenos mamíferos, mas é ainda pouco explorada no Brasil. Neste trabalho realizamos o levantamento dos pequenos mamíferos presentes nos egagropilos de T. furcata coletados em uma área de Floresta Ombrófila Mista no estado de Santa Catarina, sul do Brasil. Foram registrados 364 indivíduos de 14 táxons das famílias Didelphidae, Cricetidae, Muridae e Caviidae. Oligoryzomys sp. foi o táxon mais frequente, correspondendo a 53,30% do total de indivíduos, seguido por Mus musculus (22,80%) e Calomys tener (14,84%), o que indica o predomínio de roedores de ambientes abertos e alterados. Espécies pouco amostradas com técnicas convencionais de captura, como Calomys tener, e espécies de hábitos florestais, como Sooretamys angouya e Thaptomys nigrita, também estiveram representadas na amostra. Os resultados obtidos corroboram a utilidade do método para o conhecimento dos pequenos mamíferos neotropicais.
Small mammals in pellets of Tyto furcata from a Mixed Ombrophilous Forest area in southern Brazil. The analysis of raptor pellets, in particular Tyto furcata, is an important sampling technique for small mammals, but it is still little exploited in Brazil. In this work we carried out a survey of the small mammals present in pellets of T. furcata collected in an area of Mixed Ombrophilous Forest in the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. A total of 364 individuals from 14 taxa of the families Didelphidae, Cricetidae, Muridae and Caviidae were registered. Oligoryzomys sp. was the most frequent taxon, corresponding to 53.30% of the total of individuals, followed by Mus musculus (22.80%) and Calomys tener (14.84%), which indicates the predominance of rodents of open and disturbed environments. Species poorly sampled with standard capture techniques, such as Calomys tener, and forest species, such as Sooretamys angouya and Thaptomys nigrita, were also represented in the sample. The obtained results corroborate the usefulness of the method for the knowledge of Neotropical small mammals.
Population dynamics of marsupials and rodents in Parque Municipal da Lagoa do Peri, Santa Catarina Island, southern Brazil. A two-year mark-recapture study of small mammals was conducted in an area of Atlantic Forest hillside in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Four species of marsupial and seven species of rodent were captured during 12132 trap nights. Aspects of population dynamics and natural history are discussed for each common species. The sex ratio was biased toward males for all species. Oryzomys russatus, Didelphis aurita and Akodon montensis had the highest population densities, the least amount of variation in population density and an inverse relationship between survivorship rates and population densities. Micoureus paraguayanus, Nectomys squamipes and O. angouya registered the higher population densities after continual survivorship rates. The recruitment rates were low for most species (< 50%), with some, M. paraguayanus, Lutreolina crassicaudata, Oligoryzomys nigripes, O. angouya and Oxymycterus aff. judex, disappearing occasionally from the study area. The survivorship rates were high for most species (> 50%). Population densities of D. aurita, O. nigripes and O. aff. judex increased in cold and dry periods. The marsupials reproduced seasonally from late winter until the end of the summer, whereas rodents reproduced throughout the year. No species were long-lived, with average life-span < six months.
List of mammals from Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil. The mammal fauna from Santa Catarina State, southern Brazil, is one of the least known of the country. Works on terrestrial mammals are scarce and new species of aquatic mammals have been registered in the last years. For that reason, a commented list of the mammals of Santa Catarina based on data gathered from scientific collections and bibliographical references is presented. One hundred and fifty-two species of confirmed occurrence, 59 species of possible occurrence and six species/subspecies with erroneous record for the state were registered.