Modest Regulation of Digestive Performance Is Maintained through Early Ontogeny for the American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis

  title={Modest Regulation of Digestive Performance Is Maintained through Early Ontogeny for the American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis},
  author={Jarren C. Kay and Ruth M. Elsey and Stephen M. Secor},
  journal={Physiological and Biochemical Zoology},
  pages={320 - 338}
The American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, is an opportunistic carnivore that experiences an ontogenetic shift in food and feeding habits with an increase in body size. Alligators frequently feed on invertebrates and small fish as neonates and transition to feeding less frequently on larger vertebrates as they grow. We hypothesized that alligators experience an ontogenetic shift in the regulation of intestinal performance—modest regulation with frequent feeding early in life and wider… 


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