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Diet of Galemys Pyrenaicus (Geoffroy, 1811 ) in the North of the Iberian Peninsula

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

In this study data about the trophic ecology of Galemys pyrenaicus in the north of the Iberian peninsula are reported, based on analysis of the digestive tracts of 46 specimens from the Quinto Real mountain range (Navarra). Diet composition, trophic niche width and seasonal variations are described. The total number of prey identified was 2,629. The dict almost completely consisted of aquatic prey. The greater number of prey corresponded to Ephemeroptcra larvae (46.6%), Trichoptera larvae (23.1%), Diptera larvae (13.3%) and Plccoptera larvae (9.0%). Trichoptera larvae provided 56.8% of the biomass, Diptera larvae 17.9% and Ephemcroptera larvae 16.1 %. Galemys pyrenaicus docs not select its prey by size, however a positive selection towards Ephcmeroptera and Trichoptera larvae and a negative one towards Amphipoda was found. The results obtained mean that Galemys pyrenaicus can be characteriscd as a stenophagous species in which energy input is obtained from not-very-mobile invertebrates with a large amount of biomass (Trichoptera larvae), and other small but numerous and accessible taxons (Ephemeroptera larvae).

Affiliations: 1: )Seruicio de Medio Ambiente, Gobierno de Navarra, C./Alhóndiga 1, 31002 Pamplona, Spain; 2: )Departament de Biologia Animal, Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 645, 08028 Barcelona, Spain


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