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Tolerance of Conspecifics by Short-Tailed Shrews (Blarina brevicauda) in Simulated Natural Conditions

Irwin G. Martin
The American Midland Naturalist
Vol. 106, No. 1 (Jul., 1981), pp. 206-208
DOI: 10.2307/2425153
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2425153
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Tolerance of Conspecifics by Short-Tailed Shrews (Blarina brevicauda) in Simulated Natural Conditions
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Abstract

Tolerance of conspecifics was observed in 11 pairs of short-tailed shrews (Blarina brevicauda) during a 2-year study of the behavior of these insectivores in simulated natural conditions. Shrews introduced simultaneously to these conditions tolerated each other for less than 4 months before one member of the pair was killed. Shrews introduced to cages containing a previously established shrew were swiftly killed. Blarina should be considered solitary and territorial.

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