Object structure

Title:

Toads Bufo spp. in the diets of mustelid predators in Belarus

Creator:

Sidorovich, V. E. ; Pikulik, M. M.

Place of publishing:

Białowieża

Date issued/created:

1997

Description:

Amphibians were important prey to the European mink Mustela lutreola, the American mink M. vison, polecat M. putorius, river otter Lutra lutra, and badger Meles meles, and formed a minor component of the food taken by stoat Mustela erminea, weasel M. nivalis, and pine marten Martes martes. Mink and otter strongly selected for frogs Rana spp. and avoided toads Bufo spp. However, the common toad can be an important prey for semiaquatic mustelis under unfavourable feeding conditions. Toads (mainly Bufo bufo, and rarely B. viridis) also occured in significant numbers in the diets of polecats and badgers, which seemed to prey on frogs and toads with no clear selection.

Subject and Keywords:

amphibians ; Belarus ; Bufo ; diet ; foraging behaviour of otters ; predators ; Mustela lutreola ; Mustela vison ; Mustela putorius ; Lutra lutra ; Meles meles ; Mustela erminea ; Mustela nivalis ; Martes martes

Relation:

Acta Theriologica

Volume:

42

Issue:

1

Start page:

105

End page:

108

Resource Type:

Article

Format:

PDF

Resource Identifier:

10.4098/AT.arch.97-12

Source:

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Language:

eng ; Sum. eng.

Rights:

Rights Reserved - Free Access

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. May be used within the limits of statutory user freedoms

Digitizing institution:

Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences

Projects co-financed by:

Programme Innovative Economy, 2010-2014, Priority Axis 2. R&D infrastructure ; European Union. European Regional Development Fund