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Bryophyte Ecology

pp 291-332

Bryophytes and Invertebrates

  • Uri Gerson

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Abstract

These thousand eyes have also been looking upon naturalists for quite a while, but only few have looked back. Usually they were zoologists interested in specific groups which live on, in or under bryophytes; in the role these animals play during initial land colonization by cryptogams; in freshwater associations and in diverse other aspects. Botanists have published far fewer observations, these dealing mainly with fertilization or spore dispersal by invertebrates. Although scattered and uneven, taken as a whole the compiled data offer suggestive insights into the relationships between bryophytes and invertebrates, especially in regard to their co-evolution.