Importance of Termites in the diet of the Aardwolf Proteles Cristatus in South Africa

Published in: South African Journal of Zoology
Volume 14, issue 1, 1979 , pages: 5–8
DOI: 10.1080/02541858.1979.11447640
Author(s): R.L. CooperMammal Research Institute,, J.D. SkinnerMammal Research Institute,


Analysis of 81 faecal samples collected from seven different localities in South Africa revealed that termites are the most important food item in the diet of the aardwolf. Trinervitermes was found to be the most important genus of termite in the faeces from six of the seven localities, whilst other genera of termites, ants, other insects and millipedes mostly occurred as traces in the faeces. No vertebrate remains or traces of carrion were found.

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