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Microhistological characteristics of selected aquatic plants of Florida, with techniques for the study of manatee food habits

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Abstract

This study was initiated in 1978 to develop a technique of identifying and quantifying the digestive tract contents of Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris) and to serve as a manual for the identification and analysis of ingesta collected from manatee carcasses salvaged in Florida. This report includes key microhistological characters found useful in identifying fragments of 83 plant species and three invertebrate groups. Many species of aquatic and wetland plants and invertebrates are available to manatees in Florida as potential foods.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Report
Title Microhistological characteristics of selected aquatic plants of Florida, with techniques for the study of manatee food habits
Volume 88
Issue 18
Year Published 1988
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 145 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Other Report
Larger Work Title Biological Report
Country United States
State Florida
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