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Phenology and frugivory by birds on Miconia ligustroides (MELASTOMATACEAE) in a fragment of cerrado, southeastern Brazil.
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PMID:  23295515     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We identified the avian assembly that consumes Miconia ligustroides (Melastomataceae) fruit and described its phenophases in a fragment of cerrado vegetation located in southeastern Brazil. The fruiting period occurred between March and June, a period of food shortage. In 2005 and 2008, we registered eighteen bird species consuming fruits, during 156 hours of observations. Species of the families Thraupidae and Tyrannidae were the most representative in the number of visits and fruit consumption. Short visits (less than three minutes) and low incidence of defecation apparently indicate that seeds may be released far from the parent-plant, suggesting dispersal efficiency by the studied assembly. Owing to its characteristics, we believe Miconia ligustroides may be useful in the restoration of degraded areas.
Authors:
N Allenspach; M Telles; Mm Dias
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brazilian journal of biology = Revista brasleira de biologia     Volume:  72     ISSN:  1678-4375     ISO Abbreviation:  Braz J Biol     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101129542     Medline TA:  Braz J Biol     Country:  Brazil    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  859-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Departamento de Ecologia e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Carlos, SP, Brazil, 13565-905.
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