Seasonal food habits of a sika deer population in the warm temperate forest of the westernmost part of Honshu, Japan

  title={Seasonal food habits of a sika deer population in the warm temperate forest of the westernmost part of Honshu, Japan},
  author={Palitha Jayasekara and Seiki Takatsuki},
  journal={Ecological Research},
The rumen contents of 63 sika deer (Cervus nippon Temminck) shot in the westernmost part of Honshu were analyzed by the point-frame method. The rumen contents were dominated by forbs and the majority of these were evergreen monocotyledonous plants, probably Ophiopogon spp. Evergreen browse leaves (woody leaves), such as Eurya japonica Thunb., Ilex crenata Thunb. and Trachelospermum asiaticum Nakai, were also important, constituting 20–40% of the rumen contents. Other categories accounted for… CONTINUE READING

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