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RS Bueno, R Guevara, MC Ribeiro, L Culot, FS Bufalo and M Galetti
Abstract
Functional redundancy has been debated largely in ecology and conservation, yet we lack detailed empirical studies on the roles of functionally similar species in ecosystem function. Large bodied frugivores may disperse similar plant species and have strong impact on plant recruitment in tropical forests. The two largest frugivores in the neotropics, tapirs (Tapirus terrestris) and muriquis (Brachyteles arachnoides) are potential candidates for functional redundancy on seed dispersal effectiveness. Here we provide a comparison of the quantitative, qualitative and spatial effects on seed dispersal by these megafrugivores in a continuous Brazilian Atlantic forest.
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Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, Biogeography, Scientific method, Ecosystem, Great American Interchange, Forest, Ecology, Biodiversity
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