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White-tailed deer. Artwork of a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) eating leaves from a tree. As a ruminant, this deer is capable of digesting plant matter aided by its complex array of gut bacteria. Animals such as this North American species of deer play an important role in biogeochemical cycles such as the phosphorus cycle.
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