BODY COMPOSITION, FAT RESERVES, AND FASTING CAPABILITY OF CAPE GANNET CHICKS

Cape Gannet (Morus capensis) Science Article 6

abstract

Age-related changes in lipid, water, and non-lipid content and energy density of four major body parts (integument, viscera, leg and pectoral muscles, and carcass) of Cape Gannet chicks, juveniles, and adults were studied. The proportion ofwater was typically high for neonates and decreased during development to near adult levels at fledging. The percentage of lean dry matter remained almost constant for muscles and carcass but decreased in viscera and integument due to fat deposited during growth.

RENE A. NAVARRO, Wilson Bull., 104(4), 1992, pp. 644-655

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