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Biology Articles » Ecology » Locomotor activity in common spiny mice (Acomys cahirinuse): The effect of light and environmental complexity » Conclusions

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- Locomotor activity in common spiny mice (Acomys cahirinuse): The effect of light and environmental complexity

The present results follow previous studies that demonstrated lower activity in illuminated and open areas compared with dark and complex areas. Observations on the behavior of spiny mice under these conditions revealed changes in the number and length of trips, in stopping frequency, and in path shape. Altogether, these changes reflect a flexible adaptation of locomotor activity to environmental conditions in a way that may be interpreted as aimed at efficient navigation, preserving the temporal structure of behavior, and reducion of predatory risk.


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