Consistent with this general tendency, assemblages of terrestrial mammals in the Japanese archipelago are found to be phylogenetically diverse (Sato 2016). Michal Andreas, Antonín Reiter, and Petr Benda "Dietary Composition, Resource Partitioning and Trophic Niche Overlap in Three Forest Foliage-Gleaning Bats in Central Europe," Acta Chiropterologica 14(2), 335-345, (1 January 2012). 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The diversity of these major diet items was clearly different in the 2 species. Since A. argenteus is semiarboreal, whereas A. speciosus is terrestrial, their use of space is partly segregated despite that they occur sympatrically (Doi and Iwamoto 1982; Sekijima 1993). Behavioral niche partitioning is an important and widely assumed mechanism for the coexistence of ecologically similar species. Species coexistence is thought to be facilitated by niche partitioning of resources such as habitat or diet, which may reduce competitive interactions in an organismal community (HilleRisLambers et al. During early part of lactation, dry matter intake remains suboptimum thus dairy cow is unable to meet out production requirements though intake. Niche breadth of each Apodemus species and niche overlap between them were assessed with the indicspecies package (De Cáceres et al. In this study, niche overlap was lower in earlier months (June and July). List of plant taxa identified in the diets of 2 Apodemus species in this study. 1988), and show hoarding behavior of acorns before winter (Miyaki and Kikuzawa 1988; Sone et al. doi:10.1073/pnas.1503283112 The intraspecific dietary niche overlap between perch size classes reflected an enhanced partitioning, whereas that of pike size classes was found almost unchanged in response to pikeperch stocking. We are grateful to Y. Akimoto, A. Akimoto, R. Onodera, and H. Wakabayashi for their assistance with fieldwork to capture mice and collect fecal samples, and the staff of the Uryu Experimental Forest, Hokkaido University, for providing support for the field investigation. endobj All the procedures above were performed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When we encountered identical sequences with different lengths (due to a difference in the number of 1-bp repeats in a homopolymer, or the difference in the sequenced frame), we treated these sequences as identical (Supplementary Data SD4 and SD5) and as 1 food item in the diet of an individual. Deagle, B. E., A. C.Thomas, A. K.Shaffer, A. W.Trites, and S. N. Jarman. 2017). 3; compare to Fig. The 5′-end of the forward primer was tagged by 8-bp nucleotide sequences (MID; multiplex identifiers) and a 3-bp barcode adaptor (GAT) to identify each sample after the sequencing run (Valentini et al. The present NGS meta-barcoding analyses of the fecal DNA provided a more-detailed view of dietary components, and revealed the differences in dietary plants between the 2 Apodemus species. Instead, A. argenteus might have consumed other parts of the plant, such as flowers that appear in spring and summer. The vertical axis indicates the number of occurrences that wood mice consumed the plant taxa identified. The frequency of occurrence for food items consumed by both species was high in comparison with that for unshared food items in 1 of the Apodemus species. Our results indicate that dietary generalism is not an effective way of increasing population density nor is it result of lower competitive pressure. Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory of Animal Resource Conservation and Utilization, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China . Forty-three individuals of A. argenteus and 49 of A. speciosus were captured, and feces were sampled from each individual. As an example of niche partitioning, several anole lizards in the Caribbean islands share common diets—mainly insects. As observed in the previous studies, segregation based on minor dietary components may promote the coexistence of the 2 Japanese Apodemus species. 2015; Nakahara et al. Annual precipitation is 1,410 mm, and maximum snow depth is 275 cm. Details. 2016). A few decades of habitat fragmentation has reduced population genetic diversity: a case study of landscape genetics of the large Japanese field mouse. We applied the conventional phenol–chloroform method (Sambrook and Russell 2001) to isolate genomic DNA from fecal samples that had been preserved in a −80°C freezer until DNA extraction. Apodemus speciosus has often been used as a model species to assess forest fragmentations and island isolation (Sato et al. Dietary partitioning is not the mechanism allowing these congeneric varanid lizards to … Given that the DNA meta-barcoding approach does not provide the information on which part of a plant is consumed, a direct approach to investigate consumed parts of plants in each season may provide an additional perspective of the niche partitioning between the Apodemus species. The dietary niche, as one part of the isotopic niche, can be examined with high resolution using molecular techniques. 4). Niche breadth based on the total diet (all seasons combined) of A. argenteus and A. speciosus was 0.458 and 0.443, respectively (95% credible interval [CI]: 0.455–0.462 for A. argenteus and 0.426–0.459 for A. speciosus). Using BLAST, we performed homology searches for the 51 sequences obtained. 4) The animal diets also must be examined, since we otherwise cannot exclude the possibility of depredation of herbivorous animals such as insects that the wood mouse consumed. Population density was unrelated to dietary niche breadth across island and mainland populations. The Fagaceae includes many acorn-producing tree species (e.g., the oaks, Quercus), but, around the study area, Q. crispula is the only species of Fagaceae represented. Although niche partitioning has been examined extensively, newly developed molecular techniques bring the opportunity for finer-scale resolution of resource use. De Cáceres, M., D. Sol, O. Lapiedra, and P. Legendre. uuid:96b68deb-1dd1-11b2-0a00-810000000000 2 and 3). 2014). 2002). Supplementary Data SD1.—Information on samples collected. (2017) demonstrated that the population dynamics of A. speciosus was positively associated with the acorn production of Q. crispula, but that of A. argenteus was less so, and predicted that the difference in response to acorn production might be caused by the different diets of these species. 264 0 obj 5G based on the occurrences data). Tooth wear analysis techniques (mesowear and microwear) are employed to analyze dietary traits in proboscideans, perissodactyls and artiodactyls from 33 Pleistocene localities in Britain. [Betula sp. (2015) also demonstrated niche segregation of sympatric large mammalian herbivores in the African savanna with fine-scale identification of species in the diet. Therefore, a higher dependency of A. speciosus on Fagaceae species, and the diverse diet of A. argenteus are considered to be characteristic throughout Japan. Invertebrates were most important in terms of frequency and volume, although reptiles, mammals and birds were also commonly identified. endobj Seasonal changes in the niche breadth (A) and niche overlap (B) of Apodemus argenteus and A. speciosus based on the number of occurrences of plant taxa in the diet. 25292095), and by Green Science Research Center in Fukuyama University (granted to JJS). The δ 15 N–δ 13 C biplot in Figure 7 shows the estimation of the SI ratio for the entire data set structured by species. uuid:96b68de3-1dd1-11b2-0a00-110a275dc400 2 and 3). Mean frequency of shared and unshared food items was 7.47 and 1.60 occurrences for A. argenteus, respectively (Brunner–Munzel permutation test, P = 0.0007), while they were 3.87 and 1.67 occurrences for A. speciosus, respectively (Brunner–Munzel permutation test, P = 0.1727). The study site is located in a mixed forest of conifers and broad-leaved trees. Acrobat Distiller 10.0.0 (Windows) Shioya, K., S. Shiraishi, and T. Uchida. <>stream 2 and 3). Mice were released at the point of capture after sampling feces and recording their weight and sex. 2015-05-27T09:58:41+05:30 In (A), the dark (upper) and light (lower) gray lines show niche breadth of A. argenteus and A. speciosus, respectively. 2012; Kartzinel et al. They avoid competition by occupying different physical locations. The primers used for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were those designed previously (Taberlet et al. ), depending on plant availability in each season. The sequence read data also supported the difference in diets between A. argenteus and A. speciosus and implied that Rutaceae was also a main dietary family on which A. argenteus heavily relied. Numbers in parentheses indicate individuals of Apodemus species consuming the taxa. Violle, C., D. R.Nemergut, Z.Pu, and L. Jiang. Food items identified are listed in Table 1. 70% (865/1,247) of total reads for Rutaceae (Supplementary Data SD3) came from 1 A. argenteus individual collected in September (TN340, JSFD262), and ca. 1; Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan). De León, L. F., J.Podos, T.Gardezi, A.Herrel, and A. P. Hendry. It increased from 0.139 in June to 0.445 in August. 4 and 5G). endstream The roles of morphological traits, resource variation and resource partitioning associated with the dietary niche expansion in the fish-eating bat Myotis pilosus. This clip is from a 2015 Holiday Lecture Series, Patterns and Processes in Ecology. In terms of the presence and absence of the plant families, the 2 mouse species consumed a similar diversity of food items. DNA barcoding is useful for assessing biodiversity by identifying taxa using genetic markers (Valentini et al. 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Thus, it is interesting that A. speciosus, which has a greater tolerance of tannins, consumed the Fraxinus species in autumn (when Fraxinus species produce seeds) more frequently than A. argenteus. Today's dairy animal is called as biological machine, which consume feed and convert it in to milk. Data on the population dynamics of Apodemus species (Saitoh et al. Since acorn masting did not occur in 2013 (the previous year) and 2014 (the year examined in this study), the niche partitioning observed by this study may be specific to poor resource conditions, as observed for Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos (De León et al. Valentini, A., F.Pompanon, and P. Taberlet. A larger number of individuals of A. speciosus (18 of 49 individuals) took Fagaceae species than A. argenteus (9 of 43 individuals; Fig. <> Around the study site, no oats and sunflowers were cultivated. Kiyomizu, Fukuoka Pref. The niche breadth of A. speciosus was significantly narrower than that of A. argenteus in June and July, while niche breadth was similar between the 2 Apodemus species in other months. The niche breadth of A. argenteus appeared to be higher than that of A. speciosus; however, the 95% CIs overlapped slightly. Dietary partitioning is not the mechanism allowing these congeneric varanid lizards to … Therefore, dietary profiles for these species remain to be fully determined, and consequently, niche partitioning according to a fine-scale resolution of diet has not been demonstrated. Sept. and Oct. are abbreviations for September and October, respectively. Suzuki, H., M. G.Filippucci, G. N.Chelomina, J. J.Sato, K.Serizawa, and E. Nevo. Generally, the result from the number of reads was consistent with that from the binary occurrences except for some differences observed for Rutaceae and Urticaceae (see “Discussion” for the reason of these differences; Figs. Chang Y(1)(2), Song S(1), Li A(1), Zhang Y(1), Li Z(1)(3), Xiao Y(1), Jiang T(1), Feng J(1)(2)(3), Lin A(1)(4). Niche overlap varied seasonally, with a corresponding seasonal change in the niche breadth of A. speciosus (Fig. 2; Supplementary Data SD4; Alnus sp. Tall tree species made up 64% (83/130) and 57% (40/70) of the total representation in the diets of A. argenteus and A. speciosus, respectively (based on a binary count of occurrence; Supplementary Data SD4 and SD5). endobj 4 months) did not differentially affect the extent of the DNA degradation in feces. The 2 Apodemus species consumed Oleaceae species (assumed to be the Manchurian ash, F. mandshurica; Table 1) in different seasons, being consumed by A. argenteus from June to August (the peak was in July), and by A. speciosus from August to October (the peak was in September; Fig. Statistical significance for niche overlap was assessed using the EcoSimR package for R (Gotelli et al. We combined data on foraging behavior, available prey, and observed diets of five coexisting species of … www.pnas.org (2011) similarly clarified that albeit with a large overlap in the main components of diets, 2 sympatric species of Plecotus bats achieved segregation based on rarer dietary items. <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/Thumb 18 0 R/Type/Page>> 2015), they could represent valuable ecological model organisms for understanding universal mechanisms in niche partitioning, community assembly, and species coexistence. We thank K. Armstrong for improving the English expression. evidence on niche partitioning, dietary seasonality and potentially even fallback food consumption. 2009a; Kress et al. Dietary overlap is one of the numerous niche dimensions used to characterize resource partitioning and potential competition within a community. d Species or genus in the same family exclusively existing in the study area are shown. 2014). Supplementary Data SD4.—Correspondence among top BLAST hit genera, species in the study area, possible diet species, and plant types of identified taxa. The roles of morphological traits, resource variation and resource partitioning associated with the dietary niche expansion in the fish‐eating bat Myotis pilosus. For decades, biologists have sought to understand how diverse assemblages of large mammalian herbivores (LMH) partition food resources. c Numbers of occurrence among the Apodemus individuals that ate dietary items that could be assigned to genus or species. We assumed that the difference in the time gap between feces collection and the DNA extraction among all individuals (within ca. Djagouna, C. A. M. S., D. Codronb, J. Sealyd, G. A. Mensaha, and B. Sinsina. For example, although sequence 41 (see Supplementary Data SD2) was identified as species in Rosaceae or Rhamnaceae, we selected Rosaceae because 192 BLAST top-hit sequences belonged to Rosaceae and only 1 to Rhamnaceae (192/193 > 0.95 for Rosaceae; Supplementary Data SD2). (2017) showed that the acorn production in the previous year had a positive effect on the population abundance of A. speciosus , while that effect was much less for A. argenteus (see also … 2015-05-27 endobj www.pnas.org We therefore removed all the reads corresponding to the bait species (oats and sunflowers), and ultimately used 8,766 and 6,489 non-bait reads for the dietary analyses of A. argenteus and A. speciosus, respectively (Supplementary Data SD3). The indices of niche overlap in July were significantly lower than those in August and September. Dietary niche partitioning appears to be seasonal; in the fall, partitioning breaks down to some degree, likely because food is so abundantly available, and both species consume a larger, overlapping array of acorns and arthropods. Monthly difference of dietary profiles of Apodemus argenteus (Aar) and A. speciosus (Asp) based on the proportion of the binary occurrence data (upper) and the proportion of the number of reads obtained from the analyses of the Ion PGM next generation sequencer (lower). 3) The pattern based on single-year data provided by this study should be confirmed by studies with multiple years to analyze annual variation of the diets of these wood mice. 55 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/Thumb 78 0 R/Type/Page>> Habitat, food, and time are considered the three most important ecological niche axes, and niche partition among species generally occurs along the first two axes (Schoener 1974, Crowley and Johnson 1982). ietary niche partitioning contributes to the origin and main-tenance of biodiversity by alleviating competition and allow-ing ecologically similar consumers to coexist (1–3). Coexistence of ecologically similar species is sustained by niche partitioning, a fundamental element of which is diet. 1988) or provided relatively lower numbers of taxa (the tooth marks on fallen seeds—Hayashi et al. Among 8 detected sequences identified as the Poaceae species in the BLAST search, 4 sequences showed the highest similarity with the sequence of the oat, Avena sativa, that was used as a bait for trapping mice (30,219 and 17,428 reads for A. argenteus and A. speciosus, respectively; Supplementary Data SD3). Similarly, the number of reads for Fagaceae species for A. speciosus (3,622) was much larger than that for A. argenteus (598; Table 1; Fig. 2017), but we observed the diet from 1 year only. However, details of the mechanisms that segregate their niches have not been examined. On average, 3.0 plant taxa (min 0 – max 8) were detected from 3 fecal pellets per individual A. argenteus, and 1.4 (min 0 – max 5) plant taxa per individual A. speciosus. 10.1073/pnas.1503283112 In this study, we profile plant diets of 2 sympatric species of wood mice in Japan, A. argenteus and A. speciosus, using DNA meta-barcoding analyses with NGS, and compare their dietary profiles to explore the niche partitioning and the mechanism of coexistence between them. Our study indicated that A. speciosus were more dependent on Fagaceae plants than A. argenteus (Figs. 2021-01-08T19:18:22-08:00 These proportions indicate that both wood mouse species relied on tall trees, and that A. argenteus consumed non-Fagaceae tall trees more frequently. 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According to the competitive exclusion principle, when 2 similar species are limited by the same resource, competition will eventually exclude 1 from the community unless they are able to use resources differently (Hardin 1960). The numbers of reads for these 3 sequences were 8,051 and 2,772 for A. argenteus and A. speciosus, respectively (Supplementary Data SD3), and were identical apart from differences in length. (2007) and Ando et al. 2007). 119 0 obj 2015). Sixteen plant families were present in the diets of both mouse species, while 5 families (Apiaceae, Astraceae, Celastraceae, Rosaceae, and Salicaceae) were found only in the diet of A. argenteus, and 6 families only in the diet of A. speciosus (Apocynaceae, Araceae, Cannabaceae, Polygonaceae, Ranunculaceae, and Urticaeae). Kartzinel et al. 2014, 2017). Niche partitioning subsequently reduces both the dietary niche breadth of the population (Bolnick et Niche breadths in June and July were significantly lower than those in August and October, given that the 95% CIs did not overlap between those months. Although these lizards might occupy different locations, some species can be … 1990) on the NCBI database, and then obtained a taxon or a group of taxa with the highest BLAST hit value (Supplementary Data SD2). The number of reads may be prone to being biased by a small number of samples of which feces contained considerable amounts of a plant tissue. Here we assessed this mechanism by testing its core assumption, that evolved differences in foraging behavior correspond with differences in resources consumed. 2015), the number of reads may reflect the dietary proportions. 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