Seed dispersal by Tana River mangabeys in fragmented gallery forests

Abstract/Overview

Data collected on a free ranging group of Tana River mangabeys (Cercocebus galeritus) indicates that this endangered primate species, which has previously been regarded as a seed predator, plays an important role in seed dispersal and do contribute to the regeneration of a highly fragmented gallery forest. We observed fruit handling behavior and the post-dispersal fate of seeds ingested by the mangabeys. The two main fruit handling behaviors observed, fruit swallowing and processing fruits in cheek pouches, positively contributed to seed dispersal. Seed predation was not common during this study, apart from a few particular plant species such as Acacia robusta and Alangium salviifolium with non-fleshy fruits. We found a correlation between seed predation and fruit availability, respectively seasonal differential specific dispersal efficiency. The role of the mangabeys in dispersing seeds and facilitating forest regeneration is enhanced by their movement across forest patches through non-forested matrix, which contributes to the deposition of seeds and regeneration in these habitat gaps.

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APA

M.</div>, < (2024). Seed dispersal by Tana River mangabeys in fragmented gallery forests. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/seed-dispersal-by-tana-river-mangabeys-in-fragmented-gallery-forests

MLA 8th

M.</div>, <div>Kimuyu "Seed dispersal by Tana River mangabeys in fragmented gallery forests" Afribary. Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/seed-dispersal-by-tana-river-mangabeys-in-fragmented-gallery-forests. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

MLA7

M.</div>, <div>Kimuyu . "Seed dispersal by Tana River mangabeys in fragmented gallery forests". Afribary, Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024. Web. 16 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/seed-dispersal-by-tana-river-mangabeys-in-fragmented-gallery-forests >.

Chicago

M.</div>, <div>Kimuyu . "Seed dispersal by Tana River mangabeys in fragmented gallery forests" Afribary (2024). Accessed July 16, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/seed-dispersal-by-tana-river-mangabeys-in-fragmented-gallery-forests