Frugivory in four sympatric lemurs: implications for the future of Madagascar's forests.

  title={Frugivory in four sympatric lemurs: implications for the future of Madagascar's forests.},
  author={Patricia C Wright and Stacey Robyn Tecot and Elizabeth M. Erhart and Andrea L Baden and Stephen J. King and Christina Grassi},
  journal={American journal of primatology},
  volume={73 6},
Although some conservationists accept that not all species can be saved, we illustrate the difficulty in deciding which species are dispensable. In this article, we examine the possibility that the integrity of a forest relies on its entire faunal assemblage. In Madagascar, one faunal group, the lemurs, accounts for the greatest biomass and species richness among frugivores. For example, 7 of the 13 sympatric lemur species in Madagascar's eastern rainforests consume primarily fruit. Because of… CONTINUE READING


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