Molecular scatology as a tool to study diet: analysis of prey DNA in scats from captive Steller sea lions

@article{Deagle2005MolecularSA,
  title={Molecular scatology as a tool to study diet: analysis of prey DNA in scats from captive Steller sea lions},
  author={B. Deagle and D. Tollit and S. Jarman and M. Hindell and A. Trites and N. Gales},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2005},
  volume={14}
}
The DNA of prey present in animal scats may provide a valuable source of information for dietary studies. We conducted a captive feeding trial to test whether prey DNA could be reliably detected in scat samples from Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus). Two sea lions were fed a diet of fish (five species) and squid (one species), and DNA was extracted from the soft component of collected scats. Most of the DNA obtained came from the predator, but prey DNA could be amplified using prey… Expand

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