Comparison of transit time of digesta and digestive efficiency of the rock hyrax, the barbados sheep and the domestic rabbit

Joanne R Paul-Murphy, Christopher J Murphy, H. F. Hintz, P. Meyers, H. F. Schryver

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1. 1. Digestion trials were conducted with four Barbados sheep, two rock hyraxes and two rabbits fed alfalfa pellets. 2. 2. Transit times through the digestive tract were also studied with feed coated with chromic oxide. 3. 3. The digestion coefficients for dry matter, cell wall, hemicellulose and cellulose obtained with the hyraxes were intermediate between those obtained with sheep and rabbits. 4. 4. The rock hyraxes had transit times (95% recovery of marker) about twice as long as for rabbit and about 70% of that for the sheep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-613
Number of pages3
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry

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