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

Peres, C. A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1588-8765 (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: 11 Aug 2022 17:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75340
DOI: 10.2307/2388203

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