Data on food composition of the Levant marsh frog (Pelophylax bedriagae) in Southwestern Anatolia


Özcan L., Yorulmaz B., Ayaz D.

NORTH-WESTERN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, vol.17, no.2, pp.227-231, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Title of Journal : NORTH-WESTERN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.227-231

Abstract

The food composition of Pelophylax bedriagae was studied in the province of Muğla, southwestern Anatolia. The food contents of 32 individuals (16 males, 16 females) were collected by using the stomach-flushing method. A total of 128 different food items were detected and identified to the lowest possible taxa. Class Insecta was the most dominant prey category, 60% in number, 87% in frequency and 33% in volume. Among orders, Diptera was the highest prey group in both number (27%) and frequency (53%) whereas Coleoptera was the highest in volume (17%). Similarly, Culicidae was the highest prey group in both number (20%) and frequency (33%) among families while Scarabaeidae was the highest in volume (17%). There was no difference between the number of preys consumed by females and males.