The effect of bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) dispersal on seed germination in eastern Mediterranean habitats

  title={The effect of bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) dispersal on seed germination in eastern Mediterranean habitats},
  author={Ido Izhaki and Carmi Korine and Zeev Arad},
The fruit-bat Rousettus aegyptiacus (Pteropodidae) in Israel consumes a variety of cultivated and wild fruits. The aim of this study was to explore some of its qualities as a dispersal agent for six fruit-bearing plant species. The feeding roosts of the fruit-bat are located an average of 30 m from its feeding trees and thus the bats disperse the seeds away from the shade of the parent canopy. The bat spits out large seeds but may pass some (2%) of the small seeds (<4 mg) through its digestive… CONTINUE READING
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