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Zoologia (Curitiba)

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Abstract

PEREZ, William  and  UNGERFELD, Rodolfo. Gross anatomy of the stomach of the pampas deer, Ozotoceros bezoarticus (Artiodactyla: Cervidae). Zoologia (Curitiba) [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.4, pp.337-342. ISSN 1984-4670.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-46702012000400006.

The macroscopic anatomy of the stomach of the adult pampas deer, Ozotoceros bezoarticus (Linnaeus, 1758), a cervid species considered to ingest high quantities of grass in its natural diet, was described. Fourteen deceased adult pampas deer of both sexes from a captive breeding station were used for this study. There were no differences in the absolute or relative size from the different compartments of the stomach in relation to gender. Compared to measurements in other ruminants, pampas deer appeared anatomically capable of feeding on a variety of diets as an 'intermediate feeder'.

Keywords : Abdomen; abomasums; cervidae; forestomach; ruminant.

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