Defecation Rate Variability in the Common Duiker: Importance of Food Quality, Season, Sex and Age

@inproceedings{Lunt2011DefecationRV,
  title={Defecation Rate Variability in the Common Duiker: Importance of Food Quality, Season, Sex and Age},
  author={N. Lunt and M. Mhlanga},
  year={2011}
}
A common population estimation method for cryptic species — dung-heap counts — is reliant on accurate defecation rate data. Diet quality, dominance level, and animal condition have been suggested to affect antelope defecation rate. We investigated the effects of sex and forage quality on defecation rate and faecal output in the common duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia Linnaeus, 1758), a territorial species with limited sexual size dimorphism. Using a repeated measures design, ten semi-captive… Expand
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