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The Short-Tailed Fruit Bat: A Study in Plant-Animal Interactions
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This study provides the most detailed ecological and evolutionary account to date of the life history of a Neotropical mammal and includes striking photographs of the bats in flight.
Ecosystem services provided by bats
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Information on the ecological and economic value of ecosystem services provided by bats can be used to inform decisions regarding where and when to protect or restore bat populations and associated habitats, as well as to improve public perception of bats.
Opportunism versus specialization: the evolution of feeding strategies in frugivorous bats
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The dietary diversity and feeding selectivity of bats of several common genera of phyllostomid bats are reviewed and it is concluded that the evolution of food choice has involved specialization on a core plant taxon whose fruit are available throughout the year and the opportunistic addition of other fruits to this core diet.
The evolution of bat pollination: a phylogenetic perspective.
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It is proposed that flower-visiting bats provide two important benefits to plants: they deposit large amounts of pollen and a variety of pollen genotypes on plant stigmas and, compared with many other pollinators, they are long-distance pollen dispersers.
The Role of Frugivorous Bats in Tropical Forest Succession
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It is suggested that frugivorous New World phyllostomid bats play a more important role in early plant succession than their Old World pteropodid counterparts, and fruit‐eating bats play important roles in forest regeneration throughout the tropics, making their conservation highly desirable.
Three Central American Bat Communitis: Structure, Reproductive Cycles, and Movement Patterns
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Recapture patterns of several species suggest that home range size may be positively correlated with body size; omnivorous species may have larger home ranges than similarly size species with more restricted diets.
Patterns of Tropical Vertebrate Frugivore Diversity
The production of fleshy fruits by angiosperms and their consumption by a diverse array of vertebrates is a quintessential tropical phenomenon. Although fleshy fruits are produced by many kinds of
Foraging Patterns and Resource Utilization in Seven Species of Bats in a Seasonal Tropical Forest
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Competition for fruits was more important than competition for nectar and pollen in determining species diversity in this bat community, and a combination of the timing of plant—reproductive behavior and bat foraging characteristics promotes long—distance outcrossing and seed dispersal.
HISTORICAL VICARIANCE AND POSTGLACIAL COLONIZATION EFFECTS ON THE EVOLUTION OF GENETIC STRUCTURE IN LOPHOCEREUS, A SONORAN DESERT COLUMNAR CACTUS
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The phylogeographic structure of L. schottii suggests that Sonoran Desert plant species may exhibit genetic signatures of postglacial range expansion and gene flow as well as vicariance, and significant evidence of isolation by distance within peninsular and continental phylogroups but not between them is found, consistent with historical vicarance between but not within these regions.
HISTORICAL VICARIANCE AND POSTGLACIAL COLONIZATION EFFECTS ON THE EVOLUTION OF GENETIC STRUCTURE IN LOPHOCEREUS, A SONORAN DESERT COLUMNAR CACTUS
TLDR
The phylogeographic structure of L. schottii suggests that Sonoran Desert plant species may exhibit genetic signatures of postglacial range expansion and gene flow as well as vicariance, and significant evidence of isolation by distance within peninsular and continental phylogroups but not between them is found, consistent with historical vicarance between but not within these regions.
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