Chemical composition of leaves consumed by the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in peninsular Malaysia

Leela Rajamami, Aminah Abdullah, Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad, Kim Hooi Tan, Thomas H. Kunz

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Abstract

This study was designed to determine the chemical composition of leaves consumed by the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis. Our results indicate that the mean protein content in leaves was 11.59%, whereas the mean calcium content was 7.21 mg/g dry mass. Mean tannins and phenols values were 4.13 and 8.01%, respectively. Levels of tannins and phenols were not correlated with concentrations of protein or calcium. Our results suggest that the chemical composition of leaves consumed by C. brachyotis is sufficient to meet daily protein and calcium requirements, especially during late pregnancy and lactation when energy and nutrient demands are expected to be the highest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-214
Number of pages6
JournalActa Chiropterologica
Volume1
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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Cynopterus
Malaysia
Chiroptera
chemical composition
calcium
phenols
tannins
fruits
dogs
leaves
lactation
proteins
protein content
pregnancy
energy
nutrients

Keywords

  • Calcium
  • Cynopterus
  • Folivory
  • Nutrition
  • Protein
  • Pteropodidae

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Rajamami, L., Abdullah, A., Mukhtar Ahmad, Z. A., Tan, K. H., & Kunz, T. H. (1999). Chemical composition of leaves consumed by the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in peninsular Malaysia. Acta Chiropterologica, 1(2), 209-214.

Chemical composition of leaves consumed by the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in peninsular Malaysia. / Rajamami, Leela; Abdullah, Aminah; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar; Tan, Kim Hooi; Kunz, Thomas H.

In: Acta Chiropterologica, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1999, p. 209-214.

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Rajamami, L, Abdullah, A, Mukhtar Ahmad, ZA, Tan, KH & Kunz, TH 1999, 'Chemical composition of leaves consumed by the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in peninsular Malaysia', Acta Chiropterologica, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 209-214.
Rajamami, Leela ; Abdullah, Aminah ; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar ; Tan, Kim Hooi ; Kunz, Thomas H. / Chemical composition of leaves consumed by the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis, in peninsular Malaysia. In: Acta Chiropterologica. 1999 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 209-214.
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