A Crossed Investigation on the Elusive Tapir’s Diet in French Guiana

The diet of the largest terrestrial mammal of Amazonia, the Tapir, has been studied in Hibert and al. by adopting a crossed investigation involving genetics analyses to establish the genetic bar coding of plants found in the feces, botanical survey to identify browsed plants and ethnobotanical records to take into account the traditional knowledge by native Indians of the tapir’s diet. This allowed identification of 92 new species of plants eaten by this emblematic mammal of the Amazonian forest.

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