Thesis / Dissertation

Landscape connectivity and keystone frugivores: implications for the rare rainforests tree Ryparosa kurrangiiLandscape connectivity and keystone frugivores: implications for the rare rainforests tree Ryparosa kurrangii B. L. Webber (Achariaceae)

Edward Wen Jiet Tsen, Ian Woodrow (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Tropical rainforests (TRFs), contain the most structurally complex and biodiverse plant communities of any terrestrial biome. Within these communities there are a variety of physical, temporal and physiological barriers that create unique challenges for effective long-distance seed dispersal. Endozoochorous seed dispersal by frugivorous animals is the most effective means of seed dispersal in these environments, particularly over long distances. The largest of these frugivores play a disproportionately important role as keystone seed dispersal vectors, processing large quantities of seed, transporting them over long distances, and swallowing seeds across the full spectrum of size allometries..

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