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Black caiman diet data from the Rupununi River, Guyana

Citation

Rosenblatt, Adam (2021), Black caiman diet data from the Rupununi River, Guyana, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.mkkwh711n

Abstract

Black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) are one of the largest predators in South America, yet we know little about adult diets. We studied stomach contents of adults in Guyana and found the largest individuals target mammals instead of fish and males exhibit cannibalism, a behavior never recorded for this species previously.

Methods

Stomach contents were collected with the hose-Heimlich technique.