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Bark chewing reveals a nutrient limitation of leaves for a specialist folivore

Au, Jessie; Youngentob, Kara; Clark, Robert Graham; Phillips, Richard; Foley, William


Mineral micronutrients are critical for basic physiological function, and variable availability of minerals over the landscape can influence foraging decisions. Sodium is essential for nerve function and osmotic balance; however, it can be limiting in some environments, such as those at high elevations. Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) living in subalpine regions have been observed eating Eucalyptus mannifera bark, an unusual food choice for a folivore. We hypothesized that sodium may be...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Mammalogy
DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyx045


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