Abundance and Distribution of Shrews and Other Small Mammals in the Chattahoochee National Forest of Georgia

We conducted extensive pitfall trapping surveys for soricids in the Blue Ridge and upper Piedmont portions of the Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Georgia from 3 July 1993 to 3 January 1994. In 76,103 trapnights, we collected 1,456 specimens representing 15 species. Survey efforts resulted in establishing the southernmost North American collection localities for Sorex cinereus, S. fumeus, S. hoyi, Clethrionomys gapperi, and Peromyscus maniculatus. Sorex cinereus and C. gapperi are restricted to high elevation, mesic forest communities in the Blue Ridge, while S. longirostris, Cryptotis parva, Reithrodontomys humulis, and Peromyscus leucopus are restricted to the Upper Piedmont and lower elevations in the Blue Ridge. We report the first record of Cryptotis parva and new records of S. longirostris from the Blue Ridge. Sorex fumeus and Blarina brevicauda are widespread and abundant throughout the Blue Ridge and the Upper Piedmont. Sorex hoyi, never abundant, is widely distributed in the Blue Ridge. Basic information concerning distributions and relative abundance of these small mammals should be valuable data to land managers in the Southern Appalachians and Upper Piedmont of Georgia and surrounding states.

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