Coevolution of mistletoes and frugivorous birds

@article{Reid1991CoevolutionOM,
  title={Coevolution of mistletoes and frugivorous birds},
  author={N. Reid},
  journal={Austral Ecology},
  year={1991},
  volume={16},
  pages={457-469}
}
  • N. Reid
  • Published 1991
  • Biology
  • Austral Ecology
Small frugivorous birds that feed largely on the fruits of stem-parasitic mistletoes have independently evolved in various parts of the world. Local populations of mistletoes may be dispersed almost exclusively by these birds. Four attributes of mistletoe dispersal systems may have enhanced the evolution of reciprocal dependence between mistletoes and specialized dispersers: (1) Safe sites for mistletoe seeds (i.e. the young branches of a compatible host) are precisely defined in space and time… Expand
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