Cheek pouch capacities and loading rates of heteromyid rodents

  title={Cheek pouch capacities and loading rates of heteromyid rodents},
  author={Stephen Wall and William S. Longland and Sanjay Pyare and Joseph A Veech},
Rodents of the family Heteromyidae are proficient gatherers and hoarders of seeds. A major component of their adaptive specialization for harvesting and transporting seeds is their spacious, fur-lined cheek pouches. Precise measurements of cheek pouch capacities are essential if ecologists are to understand the foraging ecology, possible constraints on locomotion patterns, and competitive relationships of heteromyid rodents. To measure the size of these cheek pouches and the rate at which… CONTINUE READING


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