Diet composition of the Karpathos marsh frog (Pelophylax cerigensis): what does the most endangered frog in Europe eat?

Pafilis, P.  Kapsalas, G.  Lymberakis, P.  Protopappas, D.  Sotiropoulos, K. 

Abstract

The Karpathos marsh frog (Pelophylax cerigensis) is considered the most endangered frog in Europe. Here we assess its feeding ecology and examine 76 individuals from the two known populations using the stomach flushing method. We also measured body weight, snout–vent length, mouth width and prey width and length. Pelophylax cerigensis follows the feeding pattern of green frogs of the adjacent areas, with Coleoptera, Araneae, Isopoda and Hymenoptera being the main prey groups. The two populations differed in body size but had similar values of prey abundance and frequency. It seems that P. cerigensis follows a strict feeding strategy. Further research on prey availability in its habitats will provide valuable insight.

Key words

Diet, Endangered species, Islands, Frogs, Mediterranean

Reception date: 09 XII 17 | Data d\'acceptció: 12 III 18 | Publication date: 15 X 18

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