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- Ferreira, Rodrigo Lopes, et al. Show all 7 Authors
- Acta chiropterologica 2016 v.18 no.2 pp. 489-497
- Artibeus; Pteropodidae; dry forests; dry season; frugivores; leaves; minerals; protein supplements; semiarid zones; stems; tropics; Brazil
- ... Folivory can be defined as the consumption of foliage, including leaves, stems and leaf content. This trophic strategy has been documented in two families of bats, Pteropodidae (Old World fruit bats) and Phyllostomidae (New World leaf-nosed bats). Existing folivory hypotheses for bats suggest this behavior provides a dietary supplement of protein and other essential minerals due to a deficiency of ...