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Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231573

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231573.001.0001

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Consumption of Platyopuntias by Wild Vertebrates

Consumption of Platyopuntias by Wild Vertebrates

(p.109) Chapter 7 Consumption of Platyopuntias by Wild Vertebrates

Eric Mellink

Mónica E. Riojas-López

University of California Press

Cacti are important food resources for wild vertebrates. In arid lands, cladodes (pads) and fruits of platyopuntias (prickly pear cacti) are consumed by wild vertebrates in ways that affect entire ecosystems. This chapter presents an overview of the utilization of platyopuntias by wild vertebrates, and also includes a list of the vertebrate species reported to be consumers of platyopuntias.

Keywords:   cacti, wild vertebrates, arid lands, cladodes, platyopuntias, prickly pear cacti

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