Food and feeding habits of the frog Rana temporaria in bogland habitats in the West of Ireland

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Abstract

A species list of prey organisms of Rana temporaria in a blanket bog and adjacent man-modified (mainly grassland) habitats is presented. From this it is concluded, in line with the findings of other authors, that this species is unselective and sedentary in its feeding habits. Argument is presented suggesting these habits are ideally suited to the needs of a bog-land predator. It is further suggested that these habits tend to make R. temporaria a particularly effective predator of ground-living predatory and parasitic insects.

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