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Do prey densities determine preferences of mammalian predators for habitat edges in an agricultural landscape?

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    0351517 - UBO-W 2011 RIV NL eng J - Článek v odborném periodiku
    Šálek, Martin - Kreisinger, Jakub - Sedláček, František - Albrecht, Tomáš
    Do prey densities determine preferences of mammalian predators for habitat edges in an agricultural landscape?.
    Landscape and Urban Planning. Roč. 98, č. 2 (2010), s. 86-91 ISSN 0169-2046
    Grant CEP: GA MŠk LC06073; GA MŠk 1P05OC078
    Výzkumný záměr: CEZ:AV0Z60870520; CEZ:AV0Z60930519
    Klíčová slova: mammalian predators * fragmentation * small mammals * edge effect * predator–prey * distribution * Mustelids
    Kód oboru RIV: EH - Ekologie - společenstva
    Impakt faktor: 2.004, rok: 2010

    We tested the hypothesis that the high prevalence of mammalian predators along habitat edges arises due to increased abundance of their principal prey – small mammals. Gradients in the abundance of carnivores and small mammals across a habitat edge gradient (secondary mixed forest interior vs. secondary mixed forest interior/grassland edge vs. grassland interior) were monitored during a 2-year survey performed in a fragmented central European landscape. Our data provide support for the hypothesis that a high abundance of carnivores in habitat edges was associated with increased numbers of small mammals. The abundance of mammalian predators and small mammals consistently increased in habitat edges. Moreover, prey densities tended to explain carnivore patch preferences even when statistically controlling for the effect of habitat type (edge vs. interior habitats), suggesting a direct causality between carnivore habitat preferences and actual prey density.
    Trvalý link: http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0191253