<em>Artibeus lituratus</em> the Great Fruit Bat, Feeding on the Infructescences
Merlin D. Tuttle
bat dispersal, Cecropia, French Guiana, fruit anatomy, fruit morphology, mucilage, Neotropical bats, soil seed bank
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<IT>Artibeus lituratus,</IT> the great fruit bat, feeding on the infructescences of <IT>Cecropia</IT> sp. Species of <IT>Artibeus</IT> are important dispersers of <IT>Cecropia.</IT> Morphological and anatomical study has revealed that the dispersal unit of <IT>Cecropia</IT> is the entire fruit, not just the seed. Bats consume the fleshy floral parts surrounding the fruits and disperse the fruits.
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