The maximum attainable body size of herbivorous mammals: morphophysiological constraints on foregut, and adaptations of hindgut fermenters

  title={The maximum attainable body size of herbivorous mammals: morphophysiological constraints on foregut, and adaptations of hindgut fermenters},
  author={M. Clauss and R. Frey and B. Kiefer and M. Lechner-Doll and W. Loehlein and C. Polster and G. E. R{\"o}ssner and W. Streich},
  • M. Clauss, R. Frey, +5 authors W. Streich
  • Published 2003
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • An oft-cited nutritional advantage of large body size is that larger animals have lower relative energy requirements and that, due to their increased gastrointestinal tract (GIT) capacity, they achieve longer ingesta passage rates, which allows them to use forage of lower quality. However, the fermentation of plant material cannot be optimized endlessly; there is a time when plant fibre is totally fermented, and another when energy losses due to methanogenic bacteria become punitive. Therefore… CONTINUE READING
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