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Bryophyte dispersal by flying foxes: A novel discovery


Parsons, JG and Cairns, A and Johnson, CN and Robson, SKA and Shilton, LA and Westcott, DA, Bryophyte dispersal by flying foxes: A novel discovery, Oecologia, 152, (1) pp. 112-114. ISSN 0029-8549 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00442-006-0639-1


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. © 2007 Springer-Verlag.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Johnson, CN (Professor Christopher Johnson)
ID Code:69611
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2011-05-04
Last Modified:2011-05-05
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