In this article we performed a fine-scale analysis of the gut contents obtained from all Speleomantes species, including hybrids. Identifying prey with higher taxonomic resolution and considering their ecology, we were able to infer on potential foraging behaviour of these salamanders, paving the way for future studies to test these new hypotheses.
Inferring on Speleomantes Foraging Behavior from Gut Contents Examination
Authors: Fabio Cianferoni, Enrico Lunghi
Link to the article Inferring on Speleomantes Foraging Behavior from Gut Contents Examination
Special Issue: Predator-Prey Interactions in Amphibians and Reptiles
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