Nom du corpus

Corpus Systématique Animale

Titre du document

Local feeding specialization by badgers ( Meles meles ) in a mediterranean environment

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Éditeur
Springer (journals)
Langue(s) du document
Anglais
Type de document
Research-article
Mots-clés d'auteur
  • Feeding strategy
  • Local specialization Prey features
  • Meles
Nom du fichier dans la ressource
Mammiferes_v2b_01987
Auteur(s)
  • Rosalía Martín 1
  • Alejandro Rodríguez 1
  • Miguel Delibes 1
Affiliation(s)
  • 1) Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC, Avda. María Luisa s/n, 41013, Sevilla, Spain
Résumé

A case of local feeding specialization in the European badger (Meles meles), a carnivore species with morphological, physiological and behavioural traits proper to a trophic generalist, is described. For the first time, we report a mammalian species, the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), as the preferred prey of badgers. Secondary prey are consumed according to their availability, compensating for temporal fluctuations in the abundance of rabbit kittens. We discuss how both predator (little ability to hunt) and prey (profitability and predictability) features, may favour the observed specialization, as predicted by foraging theory. Badgers show a trend to specialize on different prey in different areas throughout the species range. It is suggested that changes in prey features can reverse the badger feeding strategy at the population level. Such dynamic behavioural responses make difficult to label badgers as generalists or specialists at the species level.

Catégories Science-Metrix
  • 1 - natural sciences
  • 2 - biology
  • 3 - ecology
Catégories INIST
  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
  • 3 - sciences biologiques fondamentales et appliquees. psychologie
  • 4 - psychologie. psychophysiologie
Catégories Scopus
  • 1 - Life Sciences ; 2 - Agricultural and Biological Sciences ; 3 - Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Catégories WoS
  • 1 - science ; 2 - ecology
Identifiant ISTEX
213B68528958DFDB5CFD90AF15C3FE250E06064A
Revue

Oecologia

Année de publication
1995
Présence de XML structuré
Non
Version PDF
1.3
Score qualité du texte
7.94
Sous-corpus
  • Mammiferes
Type de publication
Journal
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