A syndrome of mutualism reinforces the lifestyle of a sloth.

Abstract

Arboreal herbivory is rare among mammals. The few species with this lifestyle possess unique adaptions to overcome size-related constraints on nutritional energetics. Sloths are folivores that spend most of their time resting or eating in the forest canopy. A three-toed sloth will, however, descend its tree weekly to defecate, which is risky, energetically… (More)
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3006

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