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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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Diet and Foraging Behavior

Diet and Foraging Behavior

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(p.53) Chapter 5 Diet and Foraging Behavior
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Tupai
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Louise H. Emmons

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222915.003.0005

This chapter examines the diet and foraging behavior of treeshrews in Malaysia, explaining that the diet of treeshrews was from earliest reports correctly known to consist of fruit and insects. It describes the nature of fruit- and insect-eating by treeshrews, along with the behavioral characteristics of foraging for each food type, and analyzes the possible relation between diet and morphology. The chapter evaluates the possible competitive interactions that might occur for different food types, both among treeshrew species and among treeshrews and other vertebrates in their community.

Keywords:   treeshrews, diet, foraging behavior, Malaysia, fruit, insects, morphology, competitive interactions

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