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Direct evidence of scavenging behaviour in the garden dormouse (Eliomys quercinus)

AuthorsDíaz-Ruiz, Francisco ; Diego, Noelia de; Santamaría, Ana Eugenia; Domínguez Villaseñor, Julio César; Galgo, Alex; García, Jesús T. ; Olea, Pedro P.; Viñuela, Javier
Feeding behaviour
Garden dormice
Carrion consumption
Issue Date2018
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
CitationMammalia 82(5): 486-489 (2018)
AbstractIt is known that the garden dormouse Eliomys quercinus includes meat in its diet, however, it is unclear if scavenging is a widespread behaviour, as it is difficult to observe in the wild. Here, we document scavenging behaviour for the species based on direct evidence. We captured five garden dormice with live traps using dead baits, which were partially or totally consumed. Additionally, a camera-trap recorded how at least one garden dormouse visited and actively consumed the bait on 12 occasions during the study. These observations suggest that carrion may play an important role in the garden dormouse's diet, opening a new ecological unexplored topic for this species.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1515/mammalia-2017-0087
e-issn: 1864-1547
issn: 0025-1461
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