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Dung Beetles Reduce Clustering of Tropical Tree Seedlings

Abstract:
We used manipulative field exclusion experiments to investigate the effects of dung beetles on the spatial aggregation of emerging seedlings of two tropical tree species. The results provide the first direct demonstration that tropical dung beetles reduce seedling clustering, with important implications for plant densities and demography. © 2012 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
Biotropica
Volume:
44
Issue:
3
Pages:
271-275
Publication date:
2012-05-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1744-7429
ISSN:
0006-3606
URN:
uuid:a4491b0b-3a90-4da9-ad0e-ff84bad19640
Source identifiers:
334115
Local pid:
pubs:334115

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