Defaunation of tropical forests reduces habitat quality for seed‐dispersing bats in Western Amazonia: an unexpected connection via mineral licks

@article{Ghanem2014DefaunationOT,
  title={Defaunation of tropical forests reduces habitat quality for seed‐dispersing bats in Western Amazonia: an unexpected connection via mineral licks},
  author={Simon J. Ghanem and Christian Claus Voigt},
  journal={Animal Conservation},
  year={2014},
  volume={17}
}
Hunting reduces the overall abundance of larger mammals in many tropical forests with often direct negative consequences such as reduced seed dispersal. In Western Amazonia, legal and illegal hunting practices have a substantial negative impact on populations of larger mammals. Yet, large mammals are important for maintaining so‐called mineral licks; nutrient‐rich muddy depressions that are also used by smaller mammals such as bats for geophagy. Mineral licks seem to play a particularly… 

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