Data from: DNA metabarcoding diet analysis for species with parapatric versus sympatric distribution: a case study on subterranean rodents

Carla M. Lopes, Marta De Barba, Frédéric Boyer, Céline Mercier, Pedro J. S. Da Silva Filho, Laura M. Heidtmann, Daniel Galiano, Bruno B. Kubiak, Patrícia Langone, Felipe M. Garcias, Ludovic Gielly, Eric Coissac, Thales R. O. De Freitas & Pierre Taberlet
Closely related sympatric species commonly develop different ecological strategies to avoid competition. Ctenomys minutus and C. flamarioni are subterranean rodents parapatrically distributed in the southern Brazilian coastal plain, showing a narrow sympatric zone. To gain understanding on food preferences and possible competition for food resources, we evaluated their diet composition performing DNA metabarcoding analyzes of 67 C. minutus and 100 C. flamarioni scat samples, collected along the species geographical ranges. Thirteen plant families, mainly represented...
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