Accession Number : ADA323036

Title :   Microhistological Characteristics of Selected Aquatic Plants of Florida, With Techniques for the Study of Manatee Food Habits.

Descriptive Note : Final biological rept.,

Corporate Author : FLORIDA COOPERATIVE FISH AND WILDLIFE RESEARCH UNIT GAINESVILLE

Personal Author(s) : Hurst, Lawrence A. ; Beck, Cathy A.

PDF Url : ADA323036

Report Date : SEP 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 160

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.

Descriptors :   *MAMMALS, *AQUATIC ANIMALS, *AQUATIC PLANTS, WETLANDS, INVERTEBRATES, FOOD, DIET, FLORIDA, FECES, INSTRUCTION MANUALS, MICROBIOLOGY, DIGESTION(BIOLOGY), HISTOLOGY, HABITS, INGESTION(PHYSIOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Biology
      Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE