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Marsupial Nutrition

By: Ian D Hume

434 pages, B/w photos and illus, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 1999 | #85000 | ISBN: 052159555X
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Describes the food resources used by all groups of marsupials and the ways in which they digest and metabolise a diverse array of food. The general principles of nutritional ecology and digestive strategies that are introduced are also applicable to all mammals.

'Marsupial Nutrition is an excellent monograph on an active topic. It is destined to be the major reference on the subject for many years, and will surely stimulate much new work in the discipline.' Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, Australian Zoologist


Preface; 1. Metabolic rates and nutrient requirements; 2. Carnivorous marsupials; 3. Omnivorous marsupials; 4. Hindgut fermenters - the wombats; 5. Hindgut fermenters - the arboreal folivores; 6. Foregut fermenters - kangaroos and wallabies; 7. Nutritional ecology of kangaroos and wallabies; 8. Foregut fermenters - the rat-kangaroos; 9. Evolution of marsupials and of digestive systems; 10. Future directions; Appendix; References.

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