n African Zoology - Seasonal variation in the diet of Cape clawless otters () in a marine habitat

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X
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Seasonal changes in the diet of Cape clawless otters feeding in the surf zone in False Bay,Western Cape Province, South Africa, were investigated by spraint (faecal) analysis. The most common prey species, during all seasons, was the Cape rock crab, . The next most important prey species was the Cape rock lobster, , with the fish species being equally important in winter. Other prey were fresh-water crabs, , octopus, , and 17 other species of fish, frogs and mammals. In winter and autumn the most important prey category was fish while in spring and summer, crustaceans were the most important. Diversity of prey was lowest in winter, increasing through the seasons from spring to autumn.

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