Tooth wear in eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) and western grey kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus), and its potential influence on diet selection, digestion and population parameters

Clare McArthur, G. D. Sanson

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Abstract

As teeth wear in eastern and western grey kangaroos, the pattern of enamel ridges changes. This affects the amount of available cutting edges and consequently the masticatory efficiency. These kangaroos also have molar progression. There is evidence for the independence of rates of tooth wear and molar progression, and variation is found in the maximum amount of wear attained by teeth both within and between populations. This variation has the potential to affect diet selection, digestion and population parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-504
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Zoology
Volume215
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988

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