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Plant Taste Affects Diet Selection by Plateau Zokors (Eospalax baileyi)

Plant Taste Affects Diet Selection by Plateau Zokors (Eospalax baileyi)

Shou-Dong Zhang1,2,3, Dao-Xin Liu1,2, Dan Mou1, Tong-Zuo Zhang2, Jian-Ping Su2 and Jiu-Xiang Xie1*

1State Key Laboratory of Plateau Ecology and Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Qinghai University, Xining, 810016, China
2Key Laboratory of Evolution and Adaptation of Plateau Biota, Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, 810008, China
3Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Science and Ecological Engineering, Coastal Ecosystems Research Station of the Yangtze River Estuary, Shanghai Institute of Eco-Chongming, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200433, China
* Corresponding author:

Fig. 1.

Bootstrap descriptive statistics for the derived Ei values (a measure of dietary preference for the food) for each plant species, with associated 90% confidence intervals (red: positively selected; blue: not definitely preferred; green: negatively selected). A, B, C and D are sweet plants, bitter plants, other-taste plants and tasteless plants, respectively. The scientific names and detailed descriptive statistics of each of the sampled plants are seperately shown in Supplementary Table S1.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Vol. 54, Iss. 5, Pages 2003-2500


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