Friend or foe? Disparate plant–animal interactions of two congeneric rodents

@article{SamuniBlank2013FriendOF,
  title={Friend or foe? Disparate plant–animal interactions of two congeneric rodents},
  author={Michal Samuni-Blank and Z. Arad and M. Dearing and Y. Gerchman and W. Karasov and I. Izhaki},
  journal={Evolutionary Ecology},
  year={2013},
  volume={27},
  pages={1069-1080}
}
Food and water resources are limiting factors for animals in desert ecosystems. Fleshy fruits are a rare water source in deserts and when available they tend to attract a wide variety of organisms. Here we show that two congeneric rodent species, Acomys cahirinus and A. russatus, employ different fruit eating strategies that result in either dispersal or predation of the small seeds of the desert plant Ochradenus baccatus. The nocturnal A. cahirinus leaves intact seeds when consuming O… Expand

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