Nutritional Bottleneck in a Herbivore, the Desert Wood Rat (Neotoma lepida)

@article{Karasov1989NutritionalBI,
  title={Nutritional Bottleneck in a Herbivore, the Desert Wood Rat (Neotoma lepida)},
  author={William H. Karasov},
  journal={Physiological Zoology},
  year={1989},
  volume={62},
  pages={1351 - 1382}
}
  • W. Karasov
  • Published 1 November 1989
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Physiological Zoology
The nutritional ecology of desert wood rats (Neotoma lepida) was studied at a site in the Mojave Desert that lacked succulents such as cactus, yucca, and agave. During the late fall and early winter, before winter rains, wood rats ate primarily mature leaves and stems ofcreosote bush (Larrea tridentata), whereas after winter rains they ate newly germinating annuals. Wood rats lost body mass during the prerain period and some were visibly emaciated, whereas they suffered no significant mass loss… 
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