Post-dispersal removal of seeds of pioneer species from five Panamanian forests

DA Fornara, JW Dalling

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    Variation among forests in environmental and biotic conditions may strongly influence seed fate with important consequences for the abundance and distribution of plant species. Here we examine the post-dispersal seed removal rates of six pioneer species (Cecropia peltata, Miconia argentea, Luchea seemannii. Trenia microntha. Apeiba aspera and jacaranda copaia) from the soil surface at five sites in Panama varying in elevation (0-1100 m) and seasonality (0-4 mo dry season). We compared removal rates of washed seeds placed in vertebrate exclosures, invertebrate exclosures, and unprotected controls in January and June. Overall, removal rates of unprotected seeds were similar among sites. Almost all seed removal could be attributed to litter ants in two subfamilies (Myrmicinae and Ponerinae). Little or no removal was recorded from invertebrate exclosures while vertebrate exclosures had no effect on removal either in lowland and montane forests. Seed removal rates were high for four animal-dispersed species (mean 45%, removed over 2 d), whereas two wind-dispersed species were largely untouched (mean 2%, removed). These results indicate that seed dispersal characteristics, rather than site characteristics, may be the strongest determinant of the post-dispersal seed fate of pioneers.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages79-84
    JournalJournal of Tropical Ecology
    Volume21
    Issue numberPart 1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

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    Fornara, DA ; Dalling, JW. / Post-dispersal removal of seeds of pioneer species from five Panamanian forests. In: Journal of Tropical Ecology. 2005 ; Vol. 21, No. Part 1. pp. 79-84.
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    In: Journal of Tropical Ecology, Vol. 21, No. Part 1, 01.2005, p. 79-84.

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