Ecological specialization and niche overlap of subterranean rodents inferred from DNA metabarcoding diet analysis

Carla Martins Lopes, Marta De Barba, Frédéric Boyer, Céline Mercier, Daniel Galiano, Bruno Busnello Kubiak, Renan Maestri, Pedro Joel Silva Da Silva Filho, Ludovic Gielly, Eric Coissac, Thales Renato Ochotorena De Freitas & Pierre Taberlet
Knowledge of how animal species use food resources available in the environment increases our understanding of ecological processes. However, obtaining this information using traditional methods is a hard task for species feeding on a large variety of food items in highly diverse environments. We amplified the DNA of plants for 306 scat and 40 soil samples, and applied an eDNA metabarcoding approach to investigate food preferences, degree of diet specialization and diet overlap of seven...
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