Nitrogen requirements of the didelphid marsupial Caluromys philander

  title={Nitrogen requirements of the didelphid marsupial Caluromys philander},
  author={W. J. Foley and Pierre Charles-Dominique and D. Julien-Laferriere},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
The use of fruit-based diets by a small arboreal marsupial, the woolly opossum (Caluromys philander) was studied to elucidate the mechanisms used to compensate for a low dietary protein concentration. The passage of a liquid phase digesta marker (Cr-EDTA) through the gut was significantly faster when animals were fed a diet containing 0.45% N compared to that measured on a diet containing 0.90% N. The size of the gut of the two groups was similar except that the caecum of animals fed 0.45% N… CONTINUE READING