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Title: Studia Universitatis Vasile Goldis, Seria Stiintele Vietii (Life Sciences Series)
Abbreviated title: Studia Univ. VG, SSV
Publisher: "Vasile Goldis" University Press
Owner: Western University "Vasile Goldis" Arad, Romania
ISSN: 1584-2363
e-ISSN: 1842-7863
ISSN-L: 1584-2363

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Feeding habits of the eurasian otters Lutra lutra, living in Putna Vrancea natural park in the Eastern Carpathians, Romania Print E-mail
Written by Bouroș G.   
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Article Title: Feeding habits of the eurasian otters Lutra lutra, living in Putna Vrancea natural park in the Eastern Carpathians, Romania
Authors: Bouroș G.
Affiliation: Association for Biological Diversity Conservation
Abstract: The Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) has been described as piscivorous in Romania, but our recent studies suggested that the otter may be better defined as an opportunistic predator, with its feeding behaviour being dependent on the availability of prey. Otter is recognised as one of the top predators in freshwater systems, and thus has the potential to play an important role in the functioning of these ecosystems. Between December 2012 and September 2013, the diet of the otter, was identified by collecting and examining n 56 spraints (faeces) from 36 sites (different habitats, streams and rivers), from several river catchments throughout Putna Vrancea Natural Park in the Eastern Carpathians. In most of the spraints, fish was the main prey consumed, 31%, followed closely by amphibians with 24%, insects 21%, mammals 16% and other groups in a small amount: 3% gastropoda, 3% plantae and 2% reptilia.
Keywords: diet, mustelidae, otter, Carpathian Mountains, freshwater habitats.
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*Correspondence: Bouroș George, Association for Biological Diversity Conservation, Ion Creangă, no. 12, 620095, Focșani, Vrancea, Romania, Tel. + 40-(721)-229188, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it