Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
xi, 434 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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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Marsupial Nutrition describes the food resources used by marsupials as diverse as small insectivores and large folivores. It discusses the ways in which their digestive systems and metabolism are designed to cope with foods as different as nectar and fungus, tree sap and tough perennial grasses, and insects and eucalypt foliage. Although the subject species are marsupials, the general principles of nutritional ecology and digestive strategies that are introduced at the beginning of the chapters are applicable to all mammals. Advanced undergraduates and graduate students at all levels in the area of vertebrate zoology, nutrition, ecology and digestive physiology will find Marsupial Nutrition particularly instructive, but wildlife biologists, veterinarians and nutritionists will also find much of interest. (source: Nielsen Book Data)