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

Francisco Díaz-Ruiz
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  • Biogeography, Diversity and Conservation Research Team, Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Malaga, E-29071, Malaga, Spain
  • Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC; CSIC-UCLM-JCCM), Ronda de Toledo, 12, 13071 Ciudad Real, Spain
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Published Online: 2017-11-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0087

Abstract

It 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.

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Keywords: camera-trapping; carrion consumption; feeding behaviour; garden dormice; Gliridae

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About the article

Received: 2017-07-03

Accepted: 2017-10-26

Published Online: 2017-11-27

Published in Print: 2018-09-25


Citation Information: Mammalia, Volume 82, Issue 5, Pages 486–489, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2017-0087.

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