|SREL Reprint #0281|
Standing Crops of Elements and Atomic Ratios in a Small Mammal Community
J. Beyers, Michael H. Smith, John B. Gentry & Linda L. Ramsey
Specimens of Blarina brevicauda, Peromyscus
gossypinus and Ochrotomys nuttali were analyzed for their
content of calcium, potassium sodium, magnesium iron and zinc.
Elemental concentrations and atomic ratios for every element except iron
were found to be essentially the same for each species.
Standing crops of these six elements were calculated for the small mammal
populations of two sites located in the lowland mesic-hardwood forests on the
Savannah River Plant in South Carolina, USA.
Total standing crops of elements were similar for al sites regardless of
the presence or absence of certain species of the small mammal community.
SREL Reprint #0281
Beyers, R.J., M.H. Smith, J.B. Gentry, and L.L. Ramsey.
1971. Standing crops of elements and atomic ratios in a small
mammal community. Acta Theriologica 16:203-211.