Consumption of Platyopuntias by Wild Vertebrates

Eric Mellink and Mónica E. Riojas-López

in Cacti

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231573
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927889 | DOI:
Consumption of Platyopuntias by Wild Vertebrates

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Cacti are important food resources for wild vertebrates. In arid lands, cladodes (pads) and fruits of platyopuntias (prickly pear cacti) are consumed by wild vertebrates in ways that affect entire ecosystems. This chapter presents an overview of the utilization of platyopuntias by wild vertebrates, and also includes a list of the vertebrate species reported to be consumers of platyopuntias.

Keywords: cacti; wild vertebrates; arid lands; cladodes; platyopuntias; prickly pear cacti

Chapter.  8991 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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