Bryophyte dispersal by flying foxes: a novel discovery

Parsons, J.G., Cairns, A., Johnson, C.N., Robson, S.K.A., Shilton, L.A., and Westcott, D.A. (2007) Bryophyte dispersal by flying foxes: a novel discovery. Oecologia, 152 (1). pp. 112-114.

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Abstract

This research provides the first evidence of dispersal of bryophytes and associated microorganisms through ingestion by a highly mobile vertebrate vector, the spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus). Bryophyte fragments were found in faeces collected at four P. conspicillatus' camps in the Wet Tropics bioregion, northeastern Australia. These fragments were viable when grown in culture; live invertebrates and other organisms were also present. Our study has significantly increased understanding of the role of flying foxes as dispersal vectors in tropical forests.

Item ID: 2897
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-1939
Keywords: bryophyte dispersal; microorganism dispersal; flying foxes
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2009 07:15
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060799 Plant Biology not elsewhere classified @ 34%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0608 Zoology > 060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified @ 33%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 33%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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