Fire melanism among mammals
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): R. D. Guthrie
Publication Year: 1967

Cataloging Information

  • adaptation
  • animal species diversity
  • arctic ground squirrel
  • Betula
  • boreal forest
  • Citellus undulatus
  • climax vegetation
  • disturbance
  • fire adaptations
  • fire control
  • fire frequency
  • genetics
  • grasses
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • lightning caused fires
  • mammals
  • Picea
  • plant species diversity
  • Populus
  • post-fire recovery
  • precipitation
  • predators
  • regeneration
  • runoff
  • seedlings
  • small mammals
  • succession
  • swamps
  • wetlands
  • wildfires
  • wildlife food habits
  • wildlife food plants
  • wildlife habitat
  • Yukon flats
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 4174
Tall Timbers Record Number: 2970
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-A
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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It is suggested that the melanism found in the arctic ground squirrel is due to the darker individuals being favored when burnt-over areas are invaded.

Online Link(s):
Guthrie, R.D. 1967. Fire melanism among mammals. American Midland Naturalist 77(1):227-230.