Floral Acoustics: Conspicuous Echoes of a Dish-Shaped Leaf Attract Bat Pollinators

  title={Floral Acoustics: Conspicuous Echoes of a Dish-Shaped Leaf Attract Bat Pollinators},
  author={Ralph Simon and Marc W. Holderied and Corinna U. Koch and Otto von Helversen},
  pages={631 - 633}
A bat-pollinated plant has dish-shaped leaves with conspicuous echoes that serve as acoustic attractors. The visual splendor of many diurnal flowers serves to attract visually guided pollinators such as bees and birds, but it remains to be seen whether bat-pollinated flowers have evolved analogous echo-acoustic signals to lure their echolocating pollinators. Here, we demonstrate how an unusual dish-shaped leaf displayed above the inflorescences of the vine Marcgravia evenia attracts bat… 

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