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Discrimination behavior mediates foraging quality versus quantity trade-offs: nut choice in wild rodents

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Discrimination, the ability to distinguish sensory stimuli and respond accordingly, is a critical factor underscoring optimal foraging decisions. Nevertheless, little is known about how mammals discriminate between apparently similar foods of different quality. Here, we compared the foraging behavior of Chinese white-bellied rats, Niviventer confucianus, and Edwards's long-tailed giant rats, Leopoldamys edwardsi, under natural conditions in the field and in a captive enclosure without predati...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1093/beheco/arw180

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Zoology
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Behavioral Ecology Journal website
Volume:
28
Issue:
2
Pages:
607-616
Publication date:
2017-01-19
Acceptance date:
2016-12-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1465-7279
ISSN:
1045-2249
Pubs id:
pubs:701434
URN:
uri:dde26bbe-5549-4617-8509-fc8f2a40d0e7
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uuid:dde26bbe-5549-4617-8509-fc8f2a40d0e7
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pubs:701434

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