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Title: Frugivory and seed dispersal by tapirs: An insight on their ecological role
Authors: O'Farrill, G.
Galetti, M.
Campos-Arceiz, A. 
Keywords: Defaunation
Ecological function
Long-distance dispersal
Megafaunal dispersal syndrome
Trophic cascades
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: O'Farrill, G., Galetti, M., Campos-Arceiz, A. (2013). Frugivory and seed dispersal by tapirs: An insight on their ecological role. Integrative Zoology 8 (1) : 4-17. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Tapirs are one of the last extant megafauna species that survived the Pleistocene extinctions. Given their size and digestive system characteristics, tapirs might be the last potential seed disperser of plant species that were previously dispersed by other large mammal species that are now extinct. We compiled evidence from 39 published scientific studies showing that tapirs have a key role as seed dispersers and seed predators. Tapirs play an important role either through seed predation or by facilitating the recruitment of seeds over long distances, therefore influencing the diversity of plant species in the ecosystem. Neotropical tapirs might have a unique role as long-distance seed dispersers of large seeds (
Source Title: Integrative Zoology
ISSN: 17494877
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-4877.2012.00316.x
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