cecotrophy

cecotrophy

ingestion of cecotrophs; occurs in rabbits. See coprophagy.
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The ability of rabbits to utilize high-fiber diets results from their ability to regulate the intake of soft faeces during cecotrophy (Iyeghe-Erakpotobor, 2006).
Cecotrophy The consumption of semidigested material that is excreted directly from the cecum.
Cecotrophy is different than coprophagy in that the material consumed in cecotrophy is not fully digested fecal material.
Coprophagy, or (more appropriately), cecotrophy refers to consumption of the soft fecal pellets, also called cecal pellets, cecotropes or "night feces," directly from the anus.
Garcia J, Carbano R, Perez-Alba L, De Blas JC (2000) Effect of fiber source on cecal fermentation and nitrogen recycled through cecotrophy in rabbits.