Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorGenini, Julieta [UNESP]
dc.contributor.authorGaletti, Mauro [UNESP]
dc.contributor.authorMorellato, L. Patricia C. [UNESP]
dc.identifier.citationFlora. Jena: Elsevier Gmbh, Urban & Fischer Verlag, v. 204, n. 2, p. 131-145, 2009.
dc.description.abstractTropical forests show periods of scarcity and high fruit production in the same year and/or between years. Palms are an important component of Neotropical rainforests and a significant food resource for several frugivores. Therefore, their role as keystone resource may be exacerbated in highly impoverished areas. In Anchieta Island, São Paulo/Brazil, human settlements have modified and impoverished the forest, mainly through overharvesting and the introduction of exotic plants and several mammal species. We assessed the offer of fruits consumed by vertebrate frugivores at this island, the vegetation of which is belonging to the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. We compared whether the fruiting patterns and fruit fall differ between palms and trees, and discuss the importance of palms as a food resource for frugivores and the implications for Anchieta Island conservation. Phenological patterns were seasonal for both trees and palms; however, the times of fruiting occurrence differed. Fruit fall biomass was at least twice lower than reported for other Atlantic rain forests and was also different between trees and palms. Palms contributed more than 80% of the overall fruit fall biomass. Palms may constitute an alternative food resource in periods of low fruit availability, although they do not provide resources For the entire assemblage of vertebrate frugivores. Energy-rich fruits, Such as those produced by palms, may play an important role in the maintenance of frugivore populations in isolated, disturbed environments with a high density of vertebrate frugivores, low diversity of fruiting species and fruit biomass such as those Found on Anchieta Island. (c) 2008 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
dc.description.sponsorshipCoordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
dc.description.sponsorshipConselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
dc.publisherElsevier Gmbh, Urban & Fischer Verlag
dc.sourceWeb of Science
dc.subjectIsland ecosystemen
dc.subjectKeystone speciesen
dc.subjectExotic speciesen
dc.titleFruiting phenology of palms and trees in an Atlantic rainforest land-bridge islanden
dcterms.rightsHolderElsevier Gmbh, Urban & Fischer Verlag
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp)
dc.description.affiliationUniv Estadual Paulista, Inst Biol, Plant Phenol & Seed Dispersal Grp, Lab Fenol,Dept Bot, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationUniv Estadual Paulista, Inst Biol, Dept Ecol, Lab Biol Conservacao, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationUnespUniv Estadual Paulista, Inst Biol, Plant Phenol & Seed Dispersal Grp, Lab Fenol,Dept Bot, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.description.affiliationUnespUniv Estadual Paulista, Inst Biol, Dept Ecol, Lab Biol Conservacao, São Paulo, Brazil
dc.rights.accessRightsAcesso restrito
unesp.campusUniversidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Instituto de Biociências, Rio Claropt
Localize o texto completo

Files in this item


There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record