Milk Consumption and Growth in a Marsupial Arboreal Folivore, the Common Ringtail Possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus

  title={Milk Consumption and Growth in a Marsupial Arboreal Folivore, the Common Ringtail Possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus},
  author={Sarah Munks and Brian Green},
  journal={Physiological Zoology},
  pages={691 - 700}
  • S. Munks, B. Green
  • Published 1 November 1997
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Physiological Zoology
This study examines the milk consumption and growth energetics of the smallest arboreal folivore in Australia, Pseu‐docheirus peregrinus. Mass increase was sigmoidal, and young ceased sucking milk between 27 and 30 wk ( mean = 29.3 ± 1 wk). This length of lactation was 129% of that predicted allometrically from data for other marsupials. The mean Gompertz constant (0.01) calculated for seven young suggests that P. peregrinus has a slow rate of growth compared with other marsupial species. Milk… 

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