Mammalian Biology

, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp 237–239 | Cite as

What do otters eat where there is no fish?

  • Jacinto RománEmail author
Short Communication


Recently, Clavero et al. (2008) found a negative relationship between the stability of water courses and the occurrence of fishes in otter diet. We studied otter diet in a place of mainly temporary water in form of small ponds and streams strongly dependent on rainfall. Our results constitute the extreme of the gradient of water instability, where otters do not prey upon fish but depend on crayfishes and diving beetles to survive.


Otter Doñana Crayfish Diving beetle Temporary ponds 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Conservation Biology, Estacion Biologica de Doñana (EBD)Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) Avda.SevillaSpain

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