Diet Composition of Rhinella marina in the Mining Area of Gango, Libona, Bukidnon, Philippines

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Diet Composition of Rhinella marina in the Mining Area of Gango, Libona, Bukidnon, Philippines

Mae T. Valmoria, Ana Mae L. Papelleras, Lenie S. Equipelag, Richel E. Relox
Int. J. Biosci.22( 2), 135-140, February 2023.
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Abstract

The diet of frogs is an important indication of the health of the environment. This study aimed to determine the gut content of 60 samples of Rhinella marina collected between the two sampling points in Gango, Libona, Bukidnon. Gut contents were identified and classified according to the nearest taxon. The most preferred food found in the two sampling sites was ants (31.51%) as the most abundant prey items in the gut of R. marina. Other prey items are considered to be ingested occasionally. It is also reported that soil, plant, rocks and solid wastes were ingested by the toad. Thus, R. marina is a generalist species and feeds on a wide variety of food items available in the habitat. It is recommended that further studies should be conducted on the diet of this frog to assess the effect of mining activities.

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