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Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) (Geoffroy, 1803) (Carnivora, Felidae) food habits in a mosaic of Atlantic Rainforest and eucalypt plantations of southeastern Brazil.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19802447     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Food habits of jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) (Geoffroy, 1803) (Carnivora, Felidae) were studied between November 2000 and November 2001, in a 24.9 km(2) area of secondary Atlantic Rainforest and eucalypt plantation, in the Serra de Paranapiacaba, São Paulo State, Brazil. Analyses of 26 fecal and regurgitate samples, obtained over a stretch of 570.1 km, showed the consumption of 19 prey items and 74 prey occurrences. Small mammals were the most frequent food item (42.5%), followed by birds (21%), reptiles (14%) and medium-sized mammals (3%). The percent occurrence (PO) suggests that the diet consisted mainly of small rodents (30%) and birds (21%). We recorded for the first time the predation of Viperidae snakes by P. yagouaroundi. Although having a large list of items and range of dietary niche breadths (Bsta = 0.76), our data show that jaguarundi prey mainly on small vertebrates (mammals, birds or reptiles), and even in tall tropical forests or eucalypt plantations, it preys mostly on animals that come to, or live on, the ground.
C F Tófoli; F Rohe; E Z F Setz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brazilian journal of biology = Revista brasleira de biologia     Volume:  69     ISSN:  1678-4375     ISO Abbreviation:  Braz J Biol     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-05     Completed Date:  2010-03-05     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101129542     Medline TA:  Braz J Biol     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  871-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Food Habits / classification,  physiology*
Predatory Behavior / physiology
Puma / physiology*

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