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Biologia

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 517–524 | Cite as

Relationship of animals to the cyclamen Cyclamen fatrense Halda et Soják: pollinators, consumers and occasional visitors

  • Peter Turis
  • Ľubomír Vidlička
Section Zoology
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Abstract

The West-Carpathian endemic Cyclamen fatrense is a forests species. Its distribution area lies at the northern margin of distribution area of the Cyclamen genus. Several studies have focused on the pollinators and consumers of representatives of this genus, but they mention only some more important animal species. The aim of our study was to determine the species spectrum of animals having a relationship to C. fatrense in its natural environment and to define mutual relationships between this plant and animals based on comparison of phenologic manifestations of cyclamen and known ecologic data about its visitors. In course of different phenophases of C. fatrense we recorded 127 invertebrate taxa on this plant. Among them 7 taxa were identified as consumers, 29 taxa as potential consumers, 5 taxa as potential pollinators and 91 had an indifferent relationship to the cyclamen. Damaging or direct consummation of cyclamens by vertebrates has not been observed.

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Cyclamen fatrense pollinators consumers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The administration of the Low Tatras National ParkBanská BystricaSlovakia
  2. 2.Institute of ZoologySlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia
  3. 3.Department of Biology, Faculty of EducationComenius UniversityBratislavaSlovakia

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