Comparison of two methods of faecal analysis of herbivore diet

Two techniques for determining the proportions of different plant species eaten by the brush-tailed opossum (Trichosurus vulpecula) were compared. Both techniques – bacterial degradation and chemical maceration of faeces – produced similar results, and confirmed that a correction factor is needed to allow for the differential loss of cuticle of some plant foods during digestion or preparation of faeces for microscopic examination.

Author A. E. Fitzgerald and D. C. Waddington
Year 1979
Secondary title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 43
Number 2
Pages 468-473