Vertebrate Food Pathway and Gut: Overview


The width of an animal's nutritional niche is determined by (a) the amounts of energy and specific nutrients it requires; and (b) how successfully it acquires and extracts those nutrients from available food resources.

Keywords: predation; herbivory; enzymatic digestion; microbial fermentation

Further Reading

Hume ID (1999) Marsupial Nutrition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McDonald P, Edwards RA, Greenhalgh JFD and Morgan CA (1995) Animal Nutrition. 5th edn. Burnt Mill, UK: Longman.

Robbins CT (1993) Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition, 2nd edn. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Stevens CE and Hume ID (1995) Comparative Physiology of the Vertebrate Digestive System, 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Hume, Ian D(Apr 2001) Vertebrate Food Pathway and Gut: Overview. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0001833]