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Pitfall trapping does not reliably index the diet or prey resources of Masked Lapwings

Roche, Dylan V., Lees, Daniel, Cardilini, Adam P.A., Maguire, Grainne S., Dann, Peter and Weston, Michael A. 2016, Pitfall trapping does not reliably index the diet or prey resources of Masked Lapwings, Wader study, vol. 123, no. 1, pp. 16-20, doi: 10.18194/ws.00025.

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Title Pitfall trapping does not reliably index the diet or prey resources of Masked Lapwings
Author(s) Roche, Dylan V.
Lees, Daniel
Cardilini, Adam P.A.
Maguire, Grainne S.
Dann, Peter
Weston, Michael A.ORCID iD for Weston, Michael A. orcid.org/0000-0002-8717-0410
Journal name Wader study
Volume number 123
Issue number 1
Start page 16
End page 20
Total pages 5
Publisher International Wader Study Group
Place of publication Thetford, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2058-8410
Keyword(s) masked lapwing
Vanellus miles
food
invertebrate sampling
pitfall trap
Victoria, Australia
Summary Vertebrate ecologists often assess invertebrate prey resources using techniques which sample invertebrate assemblages, and assume such sampling reflects the diet of their focal species. We compare the invertebrate assemblages as recorded by pitfall traps for Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles breeding territories in Phillip Island, Australia, and show that these differ from assemblages recorded in the stomach contents of local Masked Lapwings. Pitfalls traps did not reveal any difference in assemblages between sites where Masked Lapwings bred, and sites where they did not. Thus, pitfall trapping alone is unlikely to adequately index prey availability for Masked Lapwings.
Language eng
DOI 10.18194/ws.00025
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960812 Urban and Industrial Flora
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, International Wader Study Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082855

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