This book provides a comprehensive treatment of all known bat-dispersed plants in the New World tropics and covers a total of 549 species in 191 genera from 62 plant families. It places a special emphasis on the flowering plants and bat fauna of the relatively undisturbed forests of central French Guiana. In particular, detailed descriptions of 112 bat-dispersed species from that area are complemented by color photographs that will help other researchers identify fruits and seeds throughout the Neotropics. Going beyond merely describing these species, the authors compare and analyze the diverse traits of plants dispersed by bats to reexamine bat preferences of some fruiting plants over the others, a phenomenon known as the "bat-fruit syndrome." The seed dispersers too are given ample treatment, with descriptions of the foraging ecology and feeding behaviors of the 37 fruit-eating bats found in central French Guiana. The monograph includes complementing appendices that allow the reader to determine all bat species reported to feed on the fruits of a particular plant and all fruiting plants in the diet of a particular bat species. It summarizes decades of research on bat-plant interactions from many parts of the Neotropics, providing a stimulus for furtherecological and evolutionary studies--
"Sinopsis" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.
Descripción New York Botanical Garden, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0893275018
Descripción New York Botanical Garden, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110893275018