Digestive Strategies in Two Species of Leaf‐Eating Land Crabs (Brachyura: Gecarcinidae) in a Rain Forest

@article{Greenaway1998DigestiveSI,
  title={Digestive Strategies in Two Species of Leaf‐Eating Land Crabs (Brachyura: Gecarcinidae) in a Rain Forest},
  author={P. Greenaway and S. Raghaven},
  journal={Physiological Zoology},
  year={1998},
  volume={71},
  pages={36 - 44}
}
Two species of herbivorous land crabs from Christmas Island, Cardisoma hirtipes and Gecarcoidea natalis, overlap in both diet and distribution. This study compared the dietary preferences and digestive capabilities of these two species on a diet of leaf litter to establish the digestive strategies each adopts and the likely degree of competition for food. C. hirtipes preferred green to yellow or brown leaves of Ficus macrophylla in short‐term food‐choice experiments. Brown leaves were least… Expand
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