Vertebrate frugivory and seed dispersal of a Chihuahuan Desert cactus

  title={Vertebrate frugivory and seed dispersal of a Chihuahuan Desert cactus},
  author={Salvador Montiel and Carlos Diaz Montana},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
Vertebrate frugivory of fleshy-fruited plants may be very important for the recruitment of sexually derived seedlings if it represents the main mechanism of primary seed-dispersal.Opuntia rastrera produces fleshy fruits rich in water and sugars that are attractive to vertebrate frugivores. However, there is a very low rate of seedling recruitment in natural conditions. One of the causes that can influence this low recruitment is an insufficient seed dispersal due to a low fruit removal even… CONTINUE READING


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