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29 August 2019 Autumn Dietary Overlaps among Three Sympatric Mesocarnivores in the Central Part of Stara Planina Mountain, Bulgaria
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Food habits and dietary overlaps of the three sympatric mesocarnivores (golden jackal Canis aureus, red fox Vulpes vulpes, and stone marten Martes foina) in a mountain-forest region in central Bulgaria were investigated. These species showed high dietary overlaps, commonly consuming rodents and fruits through studied period. Moreover, their dietary overlaps were higher in November that in the earlier months, because rodents were a predominant prey for all carnivore species in this season. Spatiotemporal separations of smaller carnivores from larger competitor may enable their sympatry, when their food habits were similar.

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Hiroshi Tsunoda, Stanislava Peeva, Evgeniy Raichev, Kairi Ito, and Yayoi Kaneko "Autumn Dietary Overlaps among Three Sympatric Mesocarnivores in the Central Part of Stara Planina Mountain, Bulgaria," Mammal Study 44(4), 275-281, (29 August 2019). https://doi.org/10.3106/ms2018-0068
Received: 29 October 2018; Accepted: 29 May 2019; Published: 29 August 2019
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