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Gastroliths in a pygmy hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis MORTON 1844)(Mammalia, Hippopotamidae)


Wings, O; Hatt, Jean-Michel; Schwarm, A; Clauss, Marcus (2008). Gastroliths in a pygmy hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis MORTON 1844)(Mammalia, Hippopotamidae). Senckenbergiana biologica: International Journal of Biodiversity, 88(2):345-348.

Abstract

During the necropsy of a geriatric, female pygmy hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis) from a zoo, a large amount of gravel was detected in the stomach. Reasons are outlined why this finding is no evidence for a gastric mill in hippopotamuses, but serves as a functional test of the hypothesis that hippopotamus stomach structures can act as sedimentation traps.

Abstract

During the necropsy of a geriatric, female pygmy hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis) from a zoo, a large amount of gravel was detected in the stomach. Reasons are outlined why this finding is no evidence for a gastric mill in hippopotamuses, but serves as a functional test of the hypothesis that hippopotamus stomach structures can act as sedimentation traps.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:27 Jan 2009 13:59
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 13:48
Publisher:E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
ISSN:0037-2102
Related URLs:http://www.schweizerbart.de/home/start (Publisher)

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