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Predation on tent tortoise and leopard tortoise hatchlings by the pale chanting goshawk in the Little Karoo

G Malan, W.R. Branch

Abstract


Predation by the pale chanting goshawk Melierax canorus on Psammobates tentorius and Geochelone pardalis hatchlings correlates with the habitat preference of these tortoise species as well as with the breeding pattern of P. tentorius. It is not known why the particularly abundant Chersìna angolata was not preyed upon.



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