Rate of passage through the digestive tract of the kultarr (Antechinomys laniger)

Hayley J. Stannard, Julie M. Old

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Abstract

The kultarr (Antechinomys laniger) is a small insectivorous marsupial that has undergone significant declines in geographical range. Limited studies have been undertaken on kultarr biology and therefore there is a lack of understanding of its basic biological and ecological requirements. Rate of passage in the kultarr, determined using mealworm cuticle as a marker in minced beef, was 1.6 ± 0.2 h and mean retention time was 3.9 ± 1.2 h. The rapid transit time was consistent for an animal of equivalent body mass, dietary preference and gastrointestinal tract morphology. Mean retention time was short, similar to that of other mammals with a small body mass. This study provides the first insight into gastrointestinal physiology of the little known kultarr.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-276
JournalAustralian Journal of Zoology
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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