International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 1121–1128

Effects of Passage Through Tamarin Guts on the Germination Potential of Dispersed Seeds

  • Christoph Knogge
  • Emérita R. Tirado Herrera
  • Eckhard W. Heymann
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026236514523

Cite this article as:
Knogge, C., Herrera, E.R.T. & Heymann, E.W. International Journal of Primatology (2003) 24: 1121. doi:10.1023/A:1026236514523

Abstract

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.

Seed dispersal germination success germination latency tamarins Saguinus fuscicollis Saguinus mystax Amazonia 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph Knogge
    • 1
  • Emérita R. Tirado Herrera
    • 1
  • Eckhard W. Heymann
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung Verhaltensforschung & Ökologie, Deutsches PrimatenzentrumGöttingenGermany

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