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Brahmi K.,Institute National Of Formation Superieure Dagronomie Saharienne | Khechekhouche E.A.,Institute National Of Formation Superieure Dagronomie Saharienne | Mostefaoui O.,Institute National Of Formation Superieure Dagronomie Saharienne | Doumandji S.,Institute National Agronomique dEl Harrach | And 2 more authors.
Folia Zoologica | Year: 2012

The diet of fennec fox has been investigated for the first time from scats collected during one year in three localities of the north-eastern Algerian Sahara: Guemar and Sanderouce (near Oued Souf) and Bamendil (near Ouargla). In Guemar, 160 items in 20 scats were identified including 93 insects (58.1%), 11 plant fragments (6.9%) and 38 dates of Phoenix dactylifera (23.8%). In terms of biomass, with 37.4% plant material was the most abundant, followed by birds (29.9%) and mammals (14.9%). In Sanderouce, 491 items in 37 scats were identified including 377 insects (77.1%), 10 plant fragments (2.0%) and 29 dates (5.9%). In terms of biomass mammals (56.6%) were far more abundant than squamates (15.4%) and vegetal food (12.8%). In Bamendil, 1246 items in 57 scats were identified; insects were the most numerous (87.9%) followed by mammals (only 3.7%), however the biomass of mammals was the highest (63.5%) followed by birds (19.8%) and insects (5.5%). As was suggested by behavioral records, the diet of the fennec fox was mainly carnivorous, but included a significant amount of vegetal items, particularly dates collected in oases. Source


Brahmi K.,Institute National Of Formation Superieure Dagronomie Saharienne | Aulagnier S.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | Slimani S.,Institute National Of Formation Superieure Dagronomie Saharienne | Mann C.S.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research | And 2 more authors.
Italian Journal of Zoology | Year: 2012

The diet of the Greater white-toothed shrew Crocidura russula has been studied for the first time in the native range of the species. In 15 stomach contents collected in the Bouzeguène massif (Grande Kabylie, Algeria) a total of 155 items of seven main taxa were identified: insects (129 specimens), plants (nine fragments), arachnids (seven specimens), centipedes (four), lizard and geckos (three), isopods (two) and land snail (one). In terms of biomass insects are still the major taxon (48.9%), then centipedes (29.7%) and lizards (14.9%). Most prey are small-sized, with a mode at 3 mm (31%) and few large animals (over 10 mm) are also preyed. Despite this usual selection for size in shrews, this diet, quite different from the diet reported in Europe according to prey availability, denotes a generalist and opportunistic insectivore species. © 2012 Copyright 2012 Unione Zoologica Italiana. Source

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