Biochemical and Microbiological Evidence for Fermentative Digestion in Free‐Living Land Iguanas (Conolophus pallidus) and Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on the Galápagos Archipelago

@article{Mackie2004BiochemicalAM,
  title={Biochemical and Microbiological Evidence for Fermentative Digestion in Free‐Living Land Iguanas (Conolophus pallidus) and Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on the Gal{\'a}pagos Archipelago},
  author={Roderick Ian Mackie and Mathew Rycyk and R Ruemmler and Rustam I. Aminov and Martin Wikelski},
  journal={Physiological and Biochemical Zoology},
  year={2004},
  volume={77},
  pages={127 - 138}
}
Herbivorous lizards are potentially capable of high digestive efficiency, but the presence of an indigenous microbial population has been implied from measurements of activity rather than directly studied. This study is the first to provide direct biochemical and microbiological evidence for fermentative digestion in free‐living land iguanas (Conolophus pallidus) and marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) from the Galápagos archipelago. In marine iguanas, the stomach and large capacious colon… Expand
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