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TupaiA Field Study of Bornean Treeshrews$
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Louise Emmons

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222915

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222915.001.0001

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The Study Species

The Study Species

(p.7) Chapter 2 The Study Species

Louise H. Emmons

University of California Press

This chapter reviews selected aspects of the anatomy and physiology of treeshrews that are especially pertinent to their ecology. It suggests that the teeth and digestive tracts of treeshrews are similar to those of many other insectivorous mammals, and that they possess a number of both primitive and more derived features. The chapter describes the sensory skills of treeshrews and argues that their body size may have tight ecological constraints. It also reflects on treeshrews' social behavior.

Keywords:   treeshrews, ecology, anatomy, physiology, teeth, digestive tracts, insectivorous mammals, sensory skills, body size, ecological constraints

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