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Assimilation and Production Efficiencies

I'm having trouble understanding the Assimilation and Production Efficiencies for Endotherms and Ectotherms. How do you determine which has the most efficiency?

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Here is a simplified diagram for you to better differentiate between assimilation efficiency and production efficiency. (file 1)

Assimilation efficiency = Assimilation/Ingestion
Assimilation means the process of converting consumed food into energy for growth, maintenance and reproduction for the animal. Ingestion refers to the act of eating.

Because assimilation efficiency refers to the ...

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