Diet of the mole scalopus aquaticus from the Coastal Plain region of SouthCarolina

Citation
Gd. Hartman et al., Diet of the mole scalopus aquaticus from the Coastal Plain region of SouthCarolina, AM MIDL NAT, 144(2), 2000, pp. 342-351
Citations number
24
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Environment/Ecology
Journal title
AMERICAN MIDLAND NATURALIST
ISSN journal
0003-0031 → ACNP
Volume
144
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
342 - 351
Database
ISI
SICI code
0003-0031(200010)144:2<342:DOTMSA>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Abstract
We examined the stomach contents of 374 eastern moles (Scalopus aquaticus) collected throughout the year from the Coastal Plain region of South Caroli na. On average, stomach contents of males weighed significantly more than d id those of females. Fifty-two different food items were recorded. The thre e most important foods were scarabaeid beetle larvae, ants and centipedes. Earthworms were observed in only 8.3% of the stomachs examined and represen ted only about 3% of the mean percent volume of the diet. Ants comprised 15 .4% of the total volume. Twenty-nine species of ant were recorded; of these , four were taxa not previously reported to occur on the SRS. The imported red fire ant Solenopsis invicta was common within the study area; however, no individuals of this species were found in any of the mole stomachs.