Rats, pigs and men: disturbance and diversity in the New Guinea highlands

DWYER P.D. (1978) Rats, pigs and men: disturbance and diversity in the New Guinea highlands. Australian Journal of Ecology, 3 2: 213-232. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.1978.tb01171.x


Author DWYER P.D.
Title Rats, pigs and men: disturbance and diversity in the New Guinea highlands
Journal name Australian Journal of Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-9993
Publication date 1978-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-9993.1978.tb01171.x
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 213
End page 232
Total pages 20
Subject 1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
1105 Dentistry
1110 Nursing
Abstract A trapping study of four species of Rattus and three of Melomys in rainforest and grassland habitats revealed differences in altitudinal distribution and in both gross and subtle habitat selection between species. The species are ranked on a scale of increasing opportunism on the basis of various demographic characteristics (e.g. reproductive rate, life span and population density). Species judged to be more opportunistic occur in habitats subject to more intense disturbance from pigs and humans. It is argued that changes in the pattern of species coexistence have followed overt human impact in the New Guinea highlands. Copyright
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