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Preliminary Diet Analysis of Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) in the Middle Confines of the Yellow River, Shaanxi Province, China

Preliminary Diet Analysis of Chinese Soft-shelled Turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) in the Middle Confines of the Yellow River, Shaanxi Province, China

Fei Kong1,2, Qingjun Zhu1, Fanrong Xiao1, Jacob Mueti Ngwawa1, Hongxing Zhang2 and Haitao Shi1*

1Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Ecology of Tropical Islands; College of Life Sciences, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158, People’s Republic of China
2Shaanxi Institute of Zoology, Xi’an, 710032, People’s Republic of China
 
* Corresponding author: haitao-shi@263.net

ABSTRACT

This present study delves into the first to quantify the diet composition of Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) in the middle confines of the Yellow River, China. 24 stomach content samples were collected from wild-caught individuals from natural habitats, the analysis result showed that the species diet was noted to be primarily omnivorous and comprised 23 prey taxa classified into nine groups: plant (4), fish (1), frog (1), earthworm (1), insect (9), mollusk (3), shrimp (2), and other miscellaneous items.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 54, Iss. 4, Pages 1501-2001

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