Trophic ecology of the Algerian Hedgehog Atelerix algirus (Lereboullet, 1842) (Erinaceidae, Mammalia) in the nature reserve of the Reghaïa wetland
Keywords:This is an article that talks about the diet of a mammal. This present work is carried out in an area that is on the Ramsar List
This work focuses on the study of the diet of the Algerian Hedgehog Atelerix algirus (Lereboullet, 1842) in the Reghaïa Wetland Nature Reserve located to the northeast of the Mitidja Plain. The analysis of 60 droppings identified 2681 prey items represented by 19 orders and 70 families and 173 prey species. Hymenoptera are the most consumed, with a rate of 69.8%. The most consumed species in this order are Messor sp. (28.4%), Aphaenogaster testaceo-pilosa (10.4%) and Camponotus sp. (8.2%). Then come the orders of Coleoptera, with 15%, and Dermaptera, with 4.6%. Atelerix algirus presents a diverse diet in our study station (0.50 <E <0.85).
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