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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2019

Diet shift in bank voles induced by competition from grey-sided voles?

Magnusson, Magnus; Samelius, Gustaf; Hornfeldt, Birger; Ecke, Frauke

Abstract

Grey-sided voles (Myodes rufocanus) and bank voles (Myodes glareolus) co-exist in boreal forests in northern Scandinavia. Previous studies suggest that the 2 species interact interspecifically, the grey-sided vole being the dominant species. We tested the hypothesis that bank voles shift their diet due to competition with the dominant grey-sided vole by studying stable isotope ratios in both species. Muscle samples were taken from voles in patches of old forest occupied by only bank voles and patches of old forest occupied by both grey-sided voles and bank voles. We found that: (i) stable isotope ratios of bank voles differed in areas with and without grey-sided voles; and that (ii) the stable isotope ratios of bank voles were more similar to those of grey-sided voles in areas where grey-sided voles were absent. Our data suggests that grey-sided voles forced bank voles to change their diet due to interspecific competition.

Keywords

competition; diet shift; Myodes glareolus; Myodes rufocanus; stable isotopes

Published in

Integrative Zoology
2019, volume: 14, number: 4, pages: 376-382

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Snow Leopard Trust
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies

UKÄ Subject classification

Zoology
Ecology

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1749-4877.12369

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/99808