Does a sap feeding marsupial choose trees with specific chemical characteristics?
Only about 20 vertebrate species are known to feed regularly on tree sap. One of these is the yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis), a marsupial that obtains between 16% and 80% of its diet from eucalypt sap. We reviewed the literature on sap feeding by the yellow-bellied glider and identified 10 species from which it most frequently obtains sap. These species come mainly from a few sections of the subgenus Symphyomyrtus, which accounts for two-thirds of over 2000 sap trees reported, but...[Show more]
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