Frugivory and seed dispersal by vertebrates in tropical and subtropical Asia: An update

  title={Frugivory and seed dispersal by vertebrates in tropical and subtropical Asia: An update},
  author={Richard T. Corlett},
  journal={Global Ecology and Conservation},
  • R. Corlett
  • Published 1 July 2017
  • Environmental Science
  • Global Ecology and Conservation
Review of the vertebrate-mediated dispersal of the Date Palm, Phoenix dactylifera
This paper reviews the range of known instances of drupe predation by volant and non-volant vertebrate vectors and concludes that long distance dispersal of a larger quantity of seeds per dispersal event seems to rely on terrestrial animals, primarily canids, but also bears and flightless birds, such as the Emu.
Secondary removal of seeds dispersed by gibbons ( Hylobates lar ) in a tropical dry forest in Thailand
Many animal-dispersed seeds are subject to post-dispersal removal by vertebrate and invertebrate organisms resulting in further dispersal or predation. A field experiment was carried out to study
Seed Dispersal by Primates in Asian Habitats: From Species, to Communities, to Conservation
  • K. McConkey
  • Environmental Science
    International Journal of Primatology
  • 2017
This review shows how initial studies focused on the role of individual species in seed dispersal have expanded more recently to consider their role in the wider frugivore community.
Seed Shadows of Northern Pigtailed Macaques within a Degraded Forest Fragment, Thailand
Macaques’ large dispersal distance reliability is often underestimated and overlooked; however, their behavioral flexibility places them among the last remaining dispersers of large seeds in disturbed habitats.
Reliability of macaques as seed dispersers
It is posited that it is essential to maintain viable populations of macaques across their range and keep human interventions at a minimum to ensure that they continue to reliably disperse the seeds of a broad range of plant species in the Anthropocene.
Endozoochorous seed dispersal by golden snub-nosed monkeys in a temperate forest.
Colobine monkeys do indeed disperse mainly small-seeded from multi-seeding fruits through potential endozoochory and this process enhances the recruitment of seedlings, demonstrating potential endzoochorous seed dispersal.
Frugivory-related traits promote speciation of tropical palms
Animal-mediated seed dispersal by frugivorous birds and mammals is central to the ecology and functioning of ecosystems, but whether and how frugivory-related traits have affected plant speciation
Defaunation of large-bodied frugivores reduces carbon storage in a tropical forest of Southeast Asia
The impact of defaunation on carbon deficit is not necessarily lower in Southeast Asian forests, and the mutual benefits between biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation should not be neglected by global policies to reduce carbon emissions.
The critical ecological role of an endemic, large-bodied frugivore on a small tropical island
The island had among the highest reported densities of hornbills and figs in the world and was also the most abundant frugivore on the island and played a significant quantitative and central role in the plant-seed disperser community.
Macaques as Seed Dispersal Agents in Asian Forests: A Review
Present knowledge of the traits that define the role of macaques as seed dispersers are reviewed, including the degree of frugivory, fruit/seed handling methods, seed dispersal distance, microhabitats of dispersed seeds, and effects of dispersal on seed germination vary seasonally and interannually.


Frugivory and Seed Dispersal by Large Herbivores of Asia
This chapter synthesizes known information on how the sensory ecology of these animals aid in locating fruit and concludes that information on seed dispersal services provided by large herbivores in SSEA remains largely incomplete.
Frugivory and Seed Dispersal by Northern Pigtailed Macaques (Macaca leonina), in Thailand
It is concluded that pigtailed macaques are effective seed dispersers in both quantitative and qualitative terms and that they are of potential importance for tropical rain forest regeneration.
Dispersal of Aglaia spectabilis, a large-seeded tree species in a moist evergreen forest in Thailand
Hornbills show high effectiveness in dispersal of this tree species, leading to the conclusion that large-seeded plants having to rely on few large frugivores and therefore on limited disperser assemblages, might be vulnerable to extinction.
Interactions between fleshy fruits and frugivores in a tropical seasonal forest in Thailand
To insure the natural seed dispersal process in the Forest, an evaluation of all frugivore groups in the forest is urgently needed in Southeast Asia.
Frugivory and seed dispersal by tapirs: an insight on their ecological role.
Evidence from 39 published scientific studies showing that tapirs have a key role as seed dispersers and seed predators is compiled to identify gaps in knowledge on the ecological role of tapirs and on critical and endangered plant-tapir interactions to avoid possible trophic cascading effects on ecosystem function.
Dispersal of Acacia seeds by ungulates and ostriches in an African savanna
It appears that seed dispersal by large herbivores may be advantageous to future seedling recruitment in open environments and may exceed that of seedlings in soil shaded beneath the tree crown.
Frugivory and seed dispersal by birds and mammals in the coastal tropical dry evergreen forests of southern India: A review
We review the findings of studies carried out on frugivory and seed dispersal in coastal Tropical Dry Evergreen Forests (TDEF) of southern India, derived largely from studies in Sriharikota (Andhra