Patch quality and habitat fragmentation shape the foraging patterns of a specialist folivore

Mathew Crowther, Adrian Rus, Valentina Mella, Mark Krockenberger, Jasmine Lindsay, Ben Moore & Clare McArthur
Research on use of foraging patches has focused on why herbivores visit or quit patches, yet little is known about visits to patches over time. Food quality, as reflected by higher nutritional quality and lower plant defences, and physical patch characteristics, which offer protection from predators and weather, affect patch use and hence should influence their revisitation. Due to the potentially high costs of moving between patches, fragmented habitats are predicted to complicate foraging decisions...
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