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A Technique for Studying Microtine Food Habits

Olwen Williams
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1376945 365-368 First published online: 20 August 1962


It has long been recognized that microtines are essentially vegetarian in their food habits, but little has been learned about the exact plant species which comprise their diet because the finely chewed material has defied easy identification. Modification of existing techniques, based on the examination of the stomach contents of field-trapped animals, by the addition of a simple staining procedure makes it possible to identify much of this plant material to species.

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