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A Collection of different species of small mammals in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and adjacent farmlands in Gede, Kilifi County, Kenya

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We present data on the collections of different small mammals (mainly bats, shrews and rodents) collected from the interior of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF) and human-modified habitats (farmlands) around the forest. A total of 534 specimens have been collected in the area from 1932-2017. Some collections of 1932-1972 were collected in areas which already had the indigenous natural vegetation typical of east African coastal biome, but currently such vegetation has completely been lost and replaced with farmlands and human settlement areas, thus not suitable for supporting the coastal species like the Golden-rumped Sengi (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus). Hence, the collection data can be used to inform on the changes in the size of ASF overtime, as result of anthropogenic activities around it and how it consequently affects the distribution of species conserved in this forest.

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Musila S, Syingi R, Zuhura A, Webala P, Patterson B, Rathbun G, Gichuki N (2019): A Collection of different species of small mammals in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and adjacent farmlands in Gede, Kilifi County, Kenya. v1.1. National Museums of Kenya. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=collection_mam&v=1.1

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Keywords

Bats; rodents; shrews; Arabuko-Sokoke Forest; Coastal Forest; Farmlands; Gede; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Simon Musila
Head of Section - Mammalogy
National Museums of Kenya P.O.Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Robert Syingi
Research Intern
National Museums of Kenya P.O.Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
Aziza Zuhura
Research Technician
National Museums of Kenya P.O.Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Paul Webala
Senior Lecturer
Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management,Maasai Mara University P.O.Box 861 20500 Narok Rift Valley KE
Bruce Patterson
MacArthur Curator of Mammals
Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History 60605 2496 Chicago Illinois US
Galen Rathbun
Research Fellow
Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy, California Academy of Sciences P.O. Box 202 93428 San Francisco California US
Nathan Gichuki
Professor
School of Biological Sciences,University of Nairobi P.O.Box 30197 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Simon Musila
Head of Section - Mammalogy
National Museums of Kenya P.O.Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke

Who filled in the metadata:

Simon Musila
Head of Section - Mammalogy
National Museums of Kenya P.O.Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke

Who else was associated with the resource:

Processor
Esther Mwangi
Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya P.O.Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Publisher
Lawrence Monda
ICT Manager
National Museums of Kenya P.O.Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
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Geographic Coverage

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF) and adjacent farmlands around Gede (especially from Mtsangoni, Mida, Arabuko, Gede, Watamu and Msabaha villages), Kenya

Bounding Coordinates South West [-3.502, 39.798], North East [-3.197, 39.998]

Taxonomic Coverage

All small mammals individuals captured were identified to mainly species and very few up to genus level

Order  Carnivora (Genet),  Chiroptera (Bats),  Macroscelidea (Sengi),  Primate (Galago),  Rodentia,  Soricomorpha (Shrew)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1932-06-06 / 2016-11-25

Project Data

We present data on the collections of different small mammals (mainly bats, shrews and rodents) collected from the interior of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF) and human-modified habitats (farmlands) around the forest. A total of 534 specimens have been collected in the area from 1932-2017. Some collections of 1932-1972 were collected in areas which already had the indigenous natural vegetation typical of east African coastal biome, but currently such vegetation has completely been lost and replaced with farmlands and human settlement areas, thus not suitable for supporting the coastal species like the Golden-rumped Sengi (Rhynchocyon chrysopygus). Hence, the collection data can be used to inform on the changes in the size of ASF overtime, as result of anthropogenic activities around it and how it consequently affects the distribution of species conserved in this forest.

Title Factors influencing bat community structure and temporal activity patterns in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and adjacent human-modified habitats, Gede-Malindi, Kenya
Identifier BID-AF2017-0274-NAC
Funding The project was funded by British Ecological Society (Ecologists in Africa (http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/funding/ecologists-in-africa/) grant Number 4632-5670) and Sino-African Joint Research Center, CAS (SAJC201612). Bat Conservation International also provided 30 mist nets used in the survey. National Museums of Kenya allowed Simon Musila to undertake the project. We appreciate the guidance provided by Simon Kajengo as we worked at night in Gede villages and assistance in data collection by Aaron Musyoka.
Study Area Description This study was undertaken in and around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF). The forest is found in Gede, Kilifi County, Watamu-Kenya, about 100 km north of Mombasa city at a latitude of 3° 20’ S and longitude 39° 50’ E. The ASF is the largest continuous coastal forest in eastern Africa, which consists of three rather distinct types of broadleaved forest (“mixed forest”, “Brachystegia forest” and “Cynometra forest” (Burgess et al. 1998, Bennun and Njoroge, 1999). The area around ASF mainly comprises of human settlements and cultivated land, consisting of small individual farms here referred to as ‘farmlands’ dominated with exotic fruit trees (mostly mango Mangifera indica, cashew Anacardium occidentale, and coconut Cocos nucifera (Musila et al. 2018a,b)
Design Description This study was undertaken by many people, in the name of collectors who worked in and around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest (ASF) since 1932 to 2017. Vouchers were collected for different small mammals using different methods appropriate for each taxon, preserved in 70% ethanol, and deposited in the Mammalogy Section lab of the National Museums of Kenya. Field protocols followed guidelines recommended by the American Society of Mammalogists (Sikes and Gannon 2011). For taxonomy and common names of small mammals we follow Kingdon (2015).

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Simon Musila

Collection Data

Collection Name National Museums of Kenya - Mammalogy Collection
Specimen preservation methods Other

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Bennun, L.A. and P. Njoroge. 1999. Important Bird Areas in Kenya. Nature Kenya, Nairobi.pp. 450.
  2. Burgess, N.D., G.P. Clarke and W.A. Rodgers. 1998. Coastal forests of eastern Africa: status, endemism patterns and their potential causes. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 64: 337-367 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8312.1998.tb00337.x
  3. Kingdon J (2015). Kingdon field guide to African mammals 2nd edition. Bloomsburg publishing. London-UK. 9781472912367
  4. Musila, S., R. Syingi, G. Nathan and I. Castro-Arellano. 2018a. Bat activity in the interior of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and adjacent farmlands in Kenya. Barbastella. 11. https://doi.org/10.14709/.BarbJ.11.1.2018.05.
  5. Musila, S., P. Prokop and G. Gichuki. 2018b. Knowledge and perceptions of, and attitudes to, bats by people living around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Malindi-Kenya. Anthrozoös. 31:2, 247-262. doi: 10.1080/08927936.2018.1434065
  6. Sikes RS, Gannon WL (2011) Guidelines of the American Society of Mammalogists for the use of wild mammals in research. ‎J Mammal 92:235-253

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