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Total food consumption of some native Australian small mammals in the laboratory

Calver, M.C.ORCID: 0000-0001-9082-2902, King, D.R., Gardner, J.L. and Martin, G. (1991) Total food consumption of some native Australian small mammals in the laboratory. Australian Mammalogy, 14 (1-2). pp. 139-142.


WHILE there are increasing data on the types of food eaten by small Australian mammals in the field (eg 1-lall 1980, Morton, Denny and Read 1983, Dickman 1986, Calver, Bradley and King 1988), relatively little is known of the amounts of food eaten either in the field or in the laboratory. Much of the information collected has been on the consumption of materials used in baiting for vertebrate pests (McIlroy 1981, Eastman and Calver 1988) and has not reflected total food consumption when a range of foods was available. The detailed energy budget studies of Nagy, Lee, Martin and Fleming (1988) and Nagy, Seymour, Lee and Braithwaite (1978) are confined to two species, Antechinus stuartli and Sminthopsis crassicaudata.

As part of a larger study on the acceptability of different bait materials to native mammals (Calver, King, Bradley, Gardner and Martin 1989), we collected data on the daily food consumption of 18 species of small mammals while calibrating our experimental technique. These data are presented for the use of workers needing values for food consumption, particularly in radio-isotope studies of metabolism in free-ranging individuals or where comparisons in food consumption between laboratory and field data are needed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Australian Mammal Society Inc.
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