Differences in carotenoid accumulation among three feeder-cricket species: implications for carotenoid delivery to captive insectivores.

@article{Ogilvy2012DifferencesIC,
  title={Differences in carotenoid accumulation among three feeder-cricket species: implications for carotenoid delivery to captive insectivores.},
  author={Victoria Ogilvy and Andrea L. Fidgett and Richard F Preziosi},
  journal={Zoo biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={470-8}
}
There are a limited number of feeder-invertebrates available to feed captive insectivores, and many are deficient in certain nutrients. Gut-loading is used to increase the diversity of nutrients present in the captive insectivore diet; however, little is known about delivery of carotenoids via gut-loading. Carotenoids may influence health and reproduction due to their roles in immune and antioxidant systems. We assessed interspecific variation in carotenoid accumulation and retention in three… CONTINUE READING

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