Seed predation of Cariniana micrantha (Lecythidaceae) by brown capuchin monkeys in central Amazonia

Peres, C. A. (1991) Seed predation of Cariniana micrantha (Lecythidaceae) by brown capuchin monkeys in central Amazonia. Biotropica, 23 (3). pp. 262-270. ISSN 0006-3606

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Abstract

Reports on a tight plant-animal interaction between Cebus apella and the emergent Cariniana micrantha. The very hard and thick pericarps of this species are morphological adaptations to protect their fatty and protein-rich seeds from predispersal predators, but brown capuchins are behaviorally adept at overcoming the seed protection mechanisms. Some 69.5% of the entire anemochorous, winged-seeded crop was destroyed because of direct predation. Another 30.1% of the seed crop also became inviable: its single dispersal opportunity was disrupted because seeds remained trapped inside indehisced fruits which had been discarded to the ground by the monkeys. -from Author

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecology, evolution, behavior and systematics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1105
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Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 00:21
Last Modified: 28 May 2020 00:21
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75340
DOI: 10.2307/2388203

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