Evolutionary Perspectives on Seed Consumption and Dispersal by Fishes

  title={Evolutionary Perspectives on Seed Consumption and Dispersal by Fishes},
  author={Sandra Bibiana Correa and Kirk O. Winemiller and Hern{\'a}n L{\'o}pez-Fern{\'a}ndez and Mauro Galetti},
ABSTRACT Fishes probably were the first vertebrate seed dispersers, yet little research has examined this phenomenon. We review evidence of fruit and seed consumption by fishes, and analyze the evolution of frugivory and granivory using South American serrasalmids as a model. Frugivory and granivory are observed among diverse fish taxa worldwide, although most reports are from the Neotropics. Frugivory and granivory among serrasalmids apparently are derived from omnivory, with powerful jaws and… 

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