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The diet of the honey possum Tarsipes rostratus

Richardson, K.C., Wooller, R.D. and Collins, B.G. (1984) The diet of the honey possum Tarsipes rostratus. In: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society of Australia, V9, Ninth Annual Scientific Meeting, November, Armidale, NSW, Australia pp. 110-113.

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The diet of the honey possum has been studied in the field and laboratory. In the field, animals were associated with plant assemblages having overlapping flowering phenologies which resulted in a continuous local supply of nectar and pollen. Nectar provides the animals with a carbohydrate source whilst other nutritional requirements probably come from pollen. The contents of most pollen ingested is either fully or partly digested during its 8-12 hour transit through the gut.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental and Life Sciences
School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Nutrition Society of Australia
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