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Foods of Rodents In the Hamakua District, Hawaii

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Title:Foods of Rodents In the Hamakua District, Hawaii
Authors:Kami, Harry T.
Date Issued:Jul 1966
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Kami HT. 1966. Foods of rodents In the Hamakua district, Hawaii. Pac Sci 20(3): 367-373.
Abstract:The food habits of Rattus exulans, R. rattus, R. norvegicus, and Mus
musculus captured in sugar cane fields, in gulches adjacent to cane fields, and in
areas of human habitation, were determined from the stomach contents of 1205
rodents collected in 12 consecutive monthly samples. In cane fields the diet of R.
exulans and R. rattus was primarily the internodes of sugar cane, while Mus fed
principally on insects and grass seeds. In gulches R. exulans subsisted mainly on
sugar cane, but R. rattus fed heavily on grass stalks and fruits. Mus from this habitat
consumed kukui nuts and insects to a large extent, while the few R. norvegicus
found here took a variety of foods. The foods of R. rattus and R. norvegicus
captured near human habitations consisted mainly of garbage, other waste materials,
and mixed livestock rations.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 20, Number 3, 1966

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