The Composition of Marsupial Milk

  • B. Green
  • J. C. Merchant


There is a substantial literature on the composition of milk in eutherian mammals, particularly domestic species. However, Oftedal (1984) pointed out that for several reasons, including small sample sizes and inattention to lactational stage, data from studies of non-domestic species must be used with caution. He elaborated on this by showing that in only 51 of approximately 3782 eutherian species had 10 or more milk samples been analysed. The corresponding figure for marsupials was 4 out of 242 species. Nevertheless, it is apparent that milk composition shows some clear differences between eutherians and marsupials.


Milk Sample Milk Composition Early Lactation Milk Lipid Late Lactation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Green
  • J. C. Merchant
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Wildlife and EcologyCSIROLynehamAustralia

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