Seagrass digestion by a notorious ‘carnivore’

  title={Seagrass digestion by a notorious ‘carnivore’},
  author={Samantha C Leigh and Y. Papastamatiou and D. P. German},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  • Samantha C Leigh, Y. Papastamatiou, D. P. German
  • Published 2018
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • What an animal consumes and what an animal digests and assimilates for energetic demands are not always synonymous. Sharks, uniformly accepted as carnivores, have guts that are presumed to be well suited for a high-protein diet. However, the bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo), which is abundant in critical seagrass habitats, has been previously shown to consume copious amounts of seagrass (up to 62.1% of gut content mass), although it is unknown if they can digest and assimilate seagrass… CONTINUE READING
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