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The Study Species

Louise H. Emmons

in Tupai

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222915
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925045 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222915.003.0002
The Study Species

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This chapter reviews selected aspects of the anatomy and physiology of treeshrews that are especially pertinent to their ecology. It suggests that the teeth and digestive tracts of treeshrews are similar to those of many other insectivorous mammals, and that they possess a number of both primitive and more derived features. The chapter describes the sensory skills of treeshrews and argues that their body size may have tight ecological constraints. It also reflects on treeshrews' social behavior.

Keywords: treeshrews; ecology; anatomy; physiology; teeth; digestive tracts; insectivorous mammals; sensory skills; body size; ecological constraints

Chapter.  5009 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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