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Diets of tadpoles from a temporary pond in southeastern Brazil (Amphibia, Anura)

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Author(s):
Rossa-Feres, Denise de C. [1] ; Jim, Jorge ; Fonseca, Mariluce Gonçalves
Total Authors: 3
Affiliation:
[1] Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas - Brasil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Revista Brasileira de Zoologia; v. 21, n. 4, p. 745-754, dez. 2004.
Field of knowledge: Biological Sciences - Ecology
Abstract

The diet of tadpoles of 13 anuran species was determined to verify whether food resource partitioning occurs and whether the degree of diet similarity is related to taxonomic affinity. Tadpoles of all species studied were mainly herbivorous, except for these of Leptodactylus fuscus (Schneider, 1799) which were mycophagous. Although some species had exclusive items in their diet, most tadpole species ingested the same items, but differed in the amount of each item consumed. Two guilds were found: tadpoles that feed on diatoms on the pond bottom, and tadpoles that feed on Oedogonium Link, 1820 algae in midwater. Diet similarity was related to the taxonomic relationship, microhabitat and feeding behavior of tadpoles indicating that the community organization is complex and resulting from the interaction of several parameters. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 01/13341-3 - Diversity of Anuran Amphibians from São Paulo State
Grantee:Célio Fernando Baptista Haddad
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants