The diet and feeding behaviours of the Tasmanian devil
Understanding the diet and feeding behaviours of apex scavengers is essential for evaluating the role they play within an ecosystem and forming an effective strategy for their conservation. The Tasmanian devil is one of few mammalian species that has developed specialisations for scavenging food and does so in an environment free from many of the pressures facing over apex scavengers. My work uses stable isotope analysis and video camera trapping to look at devil diets in greater detail than previously possible. Currently, I am interested in whether this “generalist” scavenging species demonstrates individual diet and foraging specialisation, and what the drivers behind this behaviour may be.
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