Seed dispersal of a tropical deciduous Mahua tree, Madhuca latifolia (Sapotaceae) exhibiting bat-fruit syndrome by pteropodid bats.

  title={Seed dispersal of a tropical deciduous Mahua tree, Madhuca latifolia (Sapotaceae) exhibiting bat-fruit syndrome by pteropodid bats.},
  author={Valliyappan Mahandran and Chinnaperamanoor Madhappan Murugan and Ganapathy Marimuthu and Parthasarathy Thiruchenthil Nathan},
  journal={Global Ecology and Conservation},
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