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California GrasslandsEcology and Management$
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Mark Stromberg

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252202

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252202.001.0001

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Ecology of Native Animals in California Grasslands

Ecology of Native Animals in California Grasslands

(p.180) Fifteen Ecology of Native Animals in California Grasslands
California Grasslands

Paula M. Schiffman

University of California Press

This chapter addresses soil disturbance, seed dispersal, granivory, and herbivory from a historical perspective as well as within the context of modern-day understanding of grasslands in California. Emphasis is given to the ecological relations of small mammals, particularly burrowing rodents, because a large amount of natural history information on them exists and they have been studied rather intensively by scientists for several decades. The chapter also discusses interactions between native animals and invasive non-native plants, because these plants dominate today's grassland vegetation and are, therefore, habitat components that influence many aspects of animal ecology.

Keywords:   soil disturbance, seed dispersal, granivory, herbivory, small mammals, burrowing rodents, native animals, non-native plants, animal ecology

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