The effect of coprophagy on the size of plant fibers in the digestive tract of hares Lepus europaeus and L. timidus (Lagomorpha, Leporidae)

  title={The effect of coprophagy on the size of plant fibers in the digestive tract of hares Lepus europaeus and L. timidus (Lagomorpha, Leporidae)},
  author={E. I. Naumova and G. K. Zharova and T. Chistova and T. Kuznetsova},
  journal={Biology Bulletin},
We have studied the distribution of plant fibers of different sizes in the digestive tracts of two hare species: the brown hare (Lepus euopaeus) and the mountain hare (L. timidus). In all studied hares (18 specimens), the highest amount of fine-sized fibers (less than 0.25 mm length) was observed in the cecum (50–70% of the total fiber mass). It was found out that the fine-sized content in the digestive tract, and especially in the cecum, is provided not only by the separation mechanism of the… Expand
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