Vancouver Island Marmots (Marmota vancouverensis) Consume Plants Containing Toxic Secondary Compounds
Keywords:Vancouver Island Marmot, Marmota vancouverensis, plant alkaloids, foraging behaviour, diet, plant defensive compounds, Veratrum viride, False Hellebore, marmot foraging
AbstractI report 68 sightings of Vancouver Island Marmots (Marmota vancouverensis) feeding on Green False Hellebore (Veratrum viride), a plentiful but highly poisonous plant. Possible explanations for this novel foraging behaviour are presented.
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