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Diet and Foraging Behavior

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/9780520222915.003.0005
Diet and Foraging Behavior

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This chapter examines the diet and foraging behavior of treeshrews in Malaysia, explaining that the diet of treeshrews was from earliest reports correctly known to consist of fruit and insects. It describes the nature of fruit- and insect-eating by treeshrews, along with the behavioral characteristics of foraging for each food type, and analyzes the possible relation between diet and morphology. The chapter evaluates the possible competitive interactions that might occur for different food types, both among treeshrew species and among treeshrews and other vertebrates in their community.

Keywords: treeshrews; diet; foraging behavior; Malaysia; fruit; insects; morphology; competitive interactions

Chapter.  12649 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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