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Jaguar and puma activity patterns in relation to their main prey

Harmsen, Bart J., Foster, Rebecca J., Silver, Scott C., Ostro, Linde E.T. and Doncaster, C.P. (2010) Jaguar and puma activity patterns in relation to their main prey Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift fur Saugetierkunde, 76, (3), pp. 320-324. (doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2010.08.007).

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Activity patterns of top predators are adapted for efficient predation, whereas their prey must contend with the conflicting demands of acquiring resources and avoiding predators. Here we analyse the activity of jaguars (Panthera onca) and pumas (Puma concolor) in relation to their most important prey species, armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) and pacas (Agouti paca) respectively, in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize using large-scale camera-trap data. Jaguars and pumas have similar 24 h activity patterns as armadillos and pacas, both burrow-dwelling species, and negligible overlap with less frequently consumed prey species such as red brocket deer (Mazama americana) and peccaries. Activity of armadillos and pacas varied with moon phase, with reduced activity during periods of brighter illumination, perhaps as a predator-avoidance strategy. Across the study area, moon phase had no overall influence on jaguar and puma activity; however at locations associated with armadillos, jaguar activity declined with brighter illumination, perhaps indicating a shift to alternative prey during full moon when armadillos avoided foraging above ground. No such relationship was found for pumas and moon phase at locations associated with pacas.

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Published date: 2010
Keywords: armadillos, camera trapping, moon phase, pacas, predator, panthera onca, prey, puma concolor
Organisations: Biological Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 169291
ISSN: 1616-5047
PURE UUID: 713ffd2b-c06a-4aaf-89b3-5b94274f8b21
ORCID for C.P. Doncaster: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 13 Dec 2010 15:39
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:19

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Author: Bart J. Harmsen
Author: Rebecca J. Foster
Author: Scott C. Silver
Author: Linde E.T. Ostro
Author: C.P. Doncaster ORCID iD

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