In this article we investigated the trophic niche of multiple populations of the Italian cave salamander, Speleomantes italicus, throughout a year. We found a discrepancy in the foraging activity of the populations located in different areas, and temporal and spatial variability in the body condition of individuals. Our study highlighted a remarkably high spatial and temporal divergence in the trophic habits of conspecific populations.
Title: The trophic niche of subterranean populations of Speleomantes italicus
Authors: Enrico Lunghi, Fabio Cianferoni, Claudia Corti, Yahui Zhao, Raoul Manenti, Gentile Francesco Ficetola and Giorgio Mancinelli
Journal: Scientific Reports
Link to the article: The trophic niche of subterranean populations of Speleomantes italicus
In this article we report the first observations of the Golden jackal on the Tuscan Apennines (Italy).
Title: The golden jackal Canis aureus L. 1758 (Carnivora: Canidae) on the Tuscan Apennines
Authors: Bacci Francesco and Enrico Lunghi
Journal: Natural History Sciences
Link to the article: The golden jackal Canis aureus L. 1758 (Carnivora: Canidae) on the Tuscan Apennines
In this article we studied the trophic niche of two sympatric salamanders, the fire salamander Salamandra salamandra and the Italian cave salamander Speleomantes italicus. We found that the Italian cave salamander mostly consumed flying prey with a hard cuticle, while the fire salamander preferred worm-like and soft-bodied prey. We hypothesize that in our case, the two species of salamanders did not have to change their prey preference in order to avoid competition, but divergences in metabolism and behavioral traits likely worked as natural deterrent.
Title: The Trophic Niche of Two Sympatric Species of Salamanders (Plethodontidae and Salamandridae) from Italy
Authors: Enrico Lunghi, Claudia Corti, Marta Biaggini, Yahui Zhao and Fabio Cianferoni
Link to the article: The Trophic Niche of Two Sympatric Species of Salamanders (Plethodontidae and Salamandridae) from Italy