Land crabs as key drivers in tropical coastal forest recruitment.

  title={Land crabs as key drivers in tropical coastal forest recruitment.},
  author={Erin Stewart Lindquist and Ken W Krauss and Peter Thomas Green and D J O'dowd and Peter M Sherman and Thomas James Smith},
  journal={Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society},
  volume={84 2},
Plant populations are regulated by a diverse assortment of abiotic and biotic factors that influence seed dispersal and viability, and seedling establishment and growth at the microsite. Rarely does one animal guild exert as significant an influence on different plant assemblages as land crabs. We review three tropical coastal ecosystems-mangroves, island maritime forests, and mainland coastal terrestrial forests-where land crabs directly influence forest composition by limiting tree… CONTINUE READING
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