Aspects of the food and nutrition of the brush-tailed opossum Trichosurus vulpecula (Kerr, 1792), Marsupialia: Phalangeridae, in New Zealand

The diet of a population of opossums in an area of lowland evergreen forest in the Orongorongo Valley, east of Wellington, was investigated over 4 years. A survey and routine phenological record of vegetation assisted interpretation of monthly faecal analyses. An index of digestion was used to correct the observed frequencies of leaf cuticles in faeces, and fragments of other food were recorded by frequency of occurrence.

Author A. E. Fitzgerald
Secondary Author G. C. Montogomery
Year 1978
Secondary title The ecology of arboreal folivores
Place published Washington
Publisher Smithsonian Institution
Pages 289-303
Region NZ