Effects of Passage Through Tamarin Guts on the Germination Potential of Dispersed Seeds
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- Knogge, C., Herrera, E.R.T. & Heymann, E.W. International Journal of Primatology (2003) 24: 1121. doi:10.1023/A:1026236514523
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Passage through tamarin guts may have an effect on seed germination potential. To examine these effects, and the variation between 2 sympatric tamarin species, we studied Saguinus mystax and S. fuscicollis in northeastern Peruvian Amazonia. For most of 39 plant species, neither germination success nor latency was modified by gut passage. Neutral effects on seed germination potential suggest that tamarins may fulfill criteria for effective seed dispersal.