Incisor arcade structure and diet selection in ruminants

Gordon, I.J., and Illius, A.W. (1988) Incisor arcade structure and diet selection in ruminants. Functional Ecology, 2 (1). pp. 15-22.

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Abstract

The structure of the incisor arcade in ruminant ungulates is likely to affect the degree to which animals can be selective in choosing food items. Species of ruminant which feed predominantly on grasses have broader more flattened incisor arcades when compared at the same size with species which browse on woody dicotyledonous plants. This is likely to reflect the differential dispersion of food items on the food plants of these two different groups of ruminants.

Item ID: 42650
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2435
Keywords: ruminants, diet selection, incisor arcade, allometry
Funders: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 07:43
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060806 Animal Physiological Ecology @ 40%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060807 Animal Structure and Function @ 60%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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