oa Madoqua - Winter food and foraging behaviour of the aardwolf Proteles cristatus in the Namib-Naukluft Park
|Article Title||Winter food and foraging behaviour of the aardwolf Proteles cristatus in the Namib-Naukluft Park|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 *Eugene Marais Chair of Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria. **Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Jan 1980|
|Pages||141 - 149|
|Keyword(s)||Acarina mites, Aphodius, Beetles, Coleoptera, Foraging pattern, Hodotermes mossambicus, Invertebrate species, Proteles cristatus, Scarabaeidae, Shifting sand-dunes, Stipagrostis ciliata and Trinervitermes|
Food or Proteles cristatus in the Namib Desert during two years consisted mainly of termites Trinervitermes sp. with other insects playing a subsidiary role. Foraging involves patch utilisation, with up to 15 min. feeding in one patch resulting. Patches can be up to 100 m apart, and time spent in patches and distance between patches probably reflect patterns or food abundance. Aardwolves cover just over 1 km h 1 while foraging and home ranges overlap extensively.
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