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Paper

Year:2019
Author(s):J. Gonzalez-Varo, S. Diaz-GarcIa, J. Arroyo, P. Jordano
Title:Seed dispersal by dispersing juvenile animals: A source of functional connectivity in fragmented landscapes
Journal:Biology Letters
ISSN:1744-9561
JCR Impact Factor:2.869
Volume:15
Issue No.:7
Pages:20190264
D.O.I.:10.1098/rsbl.2019.0264
Web:https://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0264
Abstract:© 2019 The Author(s).Juvenile animals generally disperse from their birthplace to their future breeding territories. In fragmented landscapes, habitat-specialist species must disperse through the anthropogenic matrix where remnant habitats are embedded. Here, we test the hypothesis that dispersing juvenile frugivores leave a footprint in the form of seed deposition through the matrix of fragmented landscapes. We focused on the Sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), a resident frugivorous passerine. We used data from field sampling of bird-dispersed seeds in the forest and matrix of a fragmented landscape, subsequent disperser identification through DNA-barcoding analysis, and data from a national bird-ringing programme. Seed dispersal by Sardinian warblers was confined to the forest most of the year, but warblers contributed a peak of seed-dispersal events in the matrix between July and October, mainly attributable to dispersing juveniles. Our study uniquely connects animal and plant dispersal, demonstrating that juveniles of habitatspecialist frugivores can provide mobile-link functions transiently, but in a seasonally predictable way.

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