Differential passage time of mistletoe fruits through the gut of honeyeaters and flowerpeckers: effects on seedling establishment

@article{Murphy2004DifferentialPT,
  title={Differential passage time of mistletoe fruits through the gut of honeyeaters and flowerpeckers: effects on seedling establishment},
  author={S. Murphy and N. Reid and Z. Yan and W. Venables},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={93},
  pages={171-176}
}
McKey's (1975) hypothesis that avian dispersers with a specialized gut provide higher quality seed dispersal than unspecialized frugivores was tested using grey mistletoe (Amyema quandang) fruits, and captive mistletoebirds (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) and spinycheeked honeyeaters (Acanthagenys refogularis) in arid South Australia. Mistletoebirds have a specialized gut, unlike spiny-cheeked honeyeaters. The gut passage time of A. quandang fruits through mistletoebirds was 820±29 s (mean±SE, n=188… Expand
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