Seasonal comparison of diet of the Martino's vole (Dinaromys bogdanovi Martino, 1922) in captivity

Katanović, Ivan (2013) Seasonal comparison of diet of the Martino's vole (Dinaromys bogdanovi Martino, 1922) in captivity. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Martiono's vole is endemic to West Balkan. It’s poorly known and endangered species because of small population densities and preference for poorly accessible habitat. In order to obtain detailed information about species diet, the research on seasonal differences in diet of 8 specimens caught on the mountain Mosor and placed in a ZOO Zagreb was conducted. Plants collected in the park Maksimir were weighed, presented to voles and left for 24 hours. Parts of plants were counted in order to determine which were eaten and to what extent. After 24 hours, the uneaten remains were recovered and were counted and weighed. For every season a minimum of 60 measurements was conducted. Analyses of the seasonal differences in the diet were conducted for the total amount of food, the division into subclasses (dicots, monocots) and division into types of plants (herbaceous, woody, hairy, fruits, seeds, grasses). The results show that the Martino’s voles eat minimal amount of food during the winter and even though they prefer certain types and parts of plants, depending on the availability they supplement diet with other parts and types of plants.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: Martino’s vole, Dinaromys bogdanovi, diet analysis, seasonal comparison of diet, captivity
Supervisor: Tadić, Zoran
Date: 2013
Number of Pages: 81
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 12:40
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 11:22

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