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Title: Molecular analysis of the trophic interactions of British reptiles
Author: Brown, David Steven
ISNI:       0000 0004 2749 8718
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2010
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The prevalence of a parasitic nematode of slow worms, Neoxysomatium brevicaudatum, was also investigated using PCR primers. Prevalence was higher in males and females in April. Analysis of smooth snake diet confirmed that predation on reptiles was high but revealed increasing consumption of small mammals with age. Predation on reptiles by grass snakes was higher than expected and suggests competition may exist between smooth snakes and grass snakes at a juvenile stage. Overall, these results provide information pertinent to translocation and reintroduction programmes along with conservation management strategies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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