Advances in Vegetation Science

Frugivory and seed dispersal: ecological and evolutionary aspects

Editors: Fleming, T.H., Estrada, Alejandro (Eds.)

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Any scientific discipline needs a theoretical framework to guide its development and to sharpen the questions its researchers pursue. In biology, evolution is the grand theoretical framework, and an his­ torical perspective is necessary to understand present-day biological conditions. In its formative years, the modern study of the fruit-frugivore mutualism was guided by the 'specialist-generalist' paradigm developed by D. Snow, D. McKey, and H. Howe. Howe reviews the current status of this evolution­ ary paradigm and points out that it has been dismissed by many workers before being adequately tested. This is because ecologists working with the tropical plants and frugivorous birds for which the paradigm was originally developed rarely measure the seed dispersal effectiveness of different disperser species. He indicates that this paradigm still has heuristic value and suggests that several additional ecological paradigms, including the concept ofkeystone species ofplants and frugivores and the role that frugivores play in density-dependent mortality in tropical trees, are worth studying. The concept of seed dispersal quality has been central to discussions of fruit-frugivore coevolution. Schupp thoroughly reviews data bearing on this concept, constructs a hierarchical framework for viewing disperser effectiveness, and points out that disperser effectiveness depends on both the quantity and quality of seed dispersal. Effectiveness, in turn, affects both evolutionary and ecological relationships between dispersers and their food plants.

Table of contents (26 chapters)

  • Specialized and generalized dispersal systems: where does ‘the paradigm’ stand?

    Howe, Henry F.

    Pages 3-13

  • Quantity, quality and the effectiveness of seed dispersal by animals

    Schupp, Eugene W.

    Pages 15-29

  • The population-dynamic functions of seed dispersal

    Venable, D. L. (et al.)

    Pages 31-55

  • Consumption of fruits of the Melastomataceae by birds: how diffuse is coevolution?

    Stiles, F. Gary (et al.)

    Pages 57-73

  • Speciation and coevolution: an interpretation of frugivory phenomena

    Charles-Dominique, P.

    Pages 75-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Frugivory and seed dispersal: ecological and evolutionary aspects
Editors
  • T.H. Fleming
  • Alejandro Estrada
Series Title
Advances in Vegetation Science
Series Volume
15
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-1749-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-1749-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-2141-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-4767-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 392
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