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Molecular analysis of the trophic interactions of British reptiles

Brown, David Steven 2010. Molecular analysis of the trophic interactions of British reptiles. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

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The prevalence of a parasitic nematode of slow worms, <italic>Neoxysomatium brevicaudatum,</italic> was also investigated using PCR primers. Prevalence was higher in males and females in April. Analysis of smooth snake diet confirmed that predation on reptiles was high but revealed increasing consumption of small mammals with age. Predation on reptiles by grass snakes was higher than expected and suggests competition may exist between smooth snakes and grass snakes at a juvenile stage. Overall, these results provide information pertinent to translocation and reintroduction programmes along with conservation management strategies.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Funders: NERC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 22:03

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