Seed Dispersal and Spatial Pattern in Tropical Trees

@article{Seidler2006SeedDA,
  title={Seed Dispersal and Spatial Pattern in Tropical Trees},
  author={Tristram G Seidler and Joshua B. Plotkin},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={4},
  pages={S9 - S21}
}
Theories of tropical tree diversity emphasize dispersal limitation as a potential mechanism for separating species in space and reducing competitive exclusion. We compared the dispersal morphologies, fruit sizes, and spatial distributions of 561 tree species within a fully mapped, 50-hectare plot of primary tropical forest in peninsular Malaysia. We demonstrate here that the extent and scale of conspecific spatial aggregation is correlated with the mode of seed dispersal. This relationship… CONTINUE READING

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