Journal of
Ecology and The Natural Environment

  • Abbreviation: J. Ecol. Nat. Environ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9847
  • DOI: 10.5897/JENE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 389

Full Length Research Paper

Habitat structure of flat-headed cusimanse (Crossarchus platycephalus) in Futa Wildlife Park, Ondo state, Nigeria

Oguntuase B. G.* and Agbelusi E. A.
  Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management, Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 May 2013
  •  Published: 30 June 2013

Abstract

The study explored the habitat structure of flat-headed cusimanse (Crossarchus platycephalus) in Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Wildlife Park, Ondo State. It was undertaken during both wet and dry seasons of the year 2012. In assessing the habitat, ten plots (10 x 10 meach) were marked out of the total land area of the Park. A total of fifteen (15) different species were identified with diameter at breast height values ranging from 4 to 130 cm. The frequency of tree species contained in the plots revealedFuntumia elastica to be of the highest frequency. Elaeis guineensis emerged as the highest dominating woody plant. The habitat evaluation revealed that, the species of the flat-headed cusimanse are adapted to fairly dense vegetation and preferred to utilize fallen logs, thicket of bush, environments with considerable wetness with pond or stream and crevices formed by fallen logs and rock outcrops as habitats. The study has given a base line information on where flat-headed cusimanses are likely to be seen, places and features they utilize as habitat in order to ensure easier ecological studies on them and to see these features not as useless and nuisance especially the fallen, dead logs, the thickets and the crevices, but as principal components of some animal’s habitat.

 

Key words: Crevice, dominance, diversity, dwarf mongoose, requirements, patrol.