Iowa, flood control lake, mammals, flooding
An unusually high water level on a flood control lake shore in Iowa altered the species composition, relative density and spatial relationships of most small mammals. Peromyscus maniculatus disappeared from the study site during flooding but was the earliest invader after water had receded. A few Reithrodontomys megalotis also returned. Sorex cincereus and Blarina brevicauda did not immediately reinhabit recently flooded areas. Miccrotus ochrogaster disappeared from the site. Peromyscus leucopus and M. pennsylvanicus persisted on the unaffected portion during flooding. Both P. maniculatus and P. leucopus reestablished spatial relationships similar to those prior to flooding as vegetation returned.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1983 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Heideman, Paul D.; Bowles, John B.; and Erickson, Keith R.
"Habitat Selection by Small Mammals on the Shoreline of a Flood Control Lake in South-Central Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 90(3), 93-97.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol90/iss3/6