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Bondarenko, D. A., & Peregontsev, E. A. (2012). Results of studying the feeding of central asian tortoise (agrionemys horsfieldii). Russian Journal of Zoology, 91(11), 49–62. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
BibTeX citation key: Bondarenko2012
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Keywords: Asien - Asia, Astrochelys yniphora, Batagur baska, Ernährung - nutrition, Erymnochelys madagascariensis, Geoemydidae, Habitat - habitat, Podocnemididae, Schildkröten - turtles + tortoises, Testudinidae
Creators: Bondarenko, Peregontsev
Collection: Russian Journal of Zoology
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Abstract     
Testudinidae The available data on feeding of Agrionemys horsfieldii in in nature are summarized. The diet of tortoise conists of 167 plant species of 42 families. The main share is ephemeral plants of the Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Liliaceae, Papaveraceae, Fabaceae, Poaceae families. Food resources of tortoise in different landscapes, the competition between tortoises and herbivorous animals, consumption of small animals and toxic plants are considered. Agrionemys horsfieldii is closer to specialized herbivores due to their selectivity of plants for food. The stable existence of the population has been provided by the group of basic food objects that includes preferred and abundant plant species. The food competition between the tortoise and cattle is possible only in spring and in the areas with high density of the tortoise population. There is no competition with wild hoofed because of their low population. Presently, the damage for plants growing from Agrionemys horsfieldii has decreased due to displacement of tortoises from irrigated land and considerable reduction of their number in the areas of the dry farming fields.
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