Mechanisms of dietary resource partitioning in large-herbivore assemblages: a plant-trait-based approach

Arjun Potter, Matthew Hutchinson, Johan Pansu, Bart Wursten, Ryan Long, Jonathan Levine & Robert Pringle
Sympatric large mammalian herbivore species differ in diet composition, both by eating different parts of the same plant and by eating different plant species. Various theories proposed to explain these differences are not mutually exclusive, but are difficult to reconcile and confront with data. Moreover, whereas several of these ideas were originally developed with reference to within-plant partitioning (i.e., consumption of different tissues), they may analogously apply to partitioning of plant species; this possibility has...

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