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Relationships of
Vertebrate Animals
to this Plant:

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Physalis spp.
(Ground Cherry) [Solanaceae]
(observations are from Ernst et al. and Martin et al.)

Mammals
Cricetidae: 
Microtus pinetorum (Woodland Vole) [feeds on fruits] MZN1951; Didelphidae: Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum) [fruits comprise 0.5-2% of the diet in Missouri] MZN1951; Mephitidae: Mephitis mephitis  (Striped Skunk) [fruits comprise 2-5% of the diet in Iowa during fall] MZN1951

Turtles

Emydidae: Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle) [feeds on fruits] EBL1994, Terrapene ornata (Ornate Box Turtle) [feeds on fruits] EBL1994
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