Astrocaryum standleyanum Roland Kays BCI Panama-metadata

dc.contributor.authorJansen, Patrick A.
dc.contributor.authorHirsch, Ben T.
dc.contributor.authorEmsens, Willem-Jan
dc.contributor.authorZamora-Gutierrez, Veronica
dc.contributor.authorWikelski, Martin
dc.contributor.authorKays, Roland W.
dc.description.abstractThe Neotropics have many plant species that seem to be adapted for seed dispersal by megafauna that went extinct in the late Pleistocene. Given the crucial importance of seed dispersal for plant persistence, it remains a mystery how these plants have survived more than 10,000 y without their mutualist dispersers. Here we present support for the hypothesis that secondary seed dispersal by scatter-hoarding rodents has facilitated the persistence of these large-seeded species. We used miniature radio transmitters to track the dispersal of reputedly megafaunal seeds by Central American agoutis, which scatter-hoard seeds in shallow caches in the soil throughout the forest. We found that seeds were initially cached at mostly short distances and then quickly dug up again. However, rather than eating the recovered seeds, agoutis continued to move and recache the seeds, up to 36 times. Agoutis dispersed an estimated 35% of seeds for >100 m. An estimated 14% of the cached seeds survived to the next year, when a new fruit crop became available to the rodents. Serial video-monitoring of cached seeds revealed that the stepwise dispersal was caused by agoutis repeatedly stealing and recaching each other’s buried seeds. Although previous studies suggest that rodents are poor dispersers, we demonstrate that communities of rodents can in fact provide highly effective long-distance seed dispersal. Our findings suggest that thieving scatter-hoarding rodents could substitute for extinct megafaunal seed dispersers of tropical large-seeded trees.
dc.subjectseed dispersal
dc.subjectradio telemetry
dc.subjectcocosoid palms
dc.titleAstrocaryum standleyanum Roland Kays BCI Panama-metadata
dspace.entity.typeData package
dwc.ScientificNameAstrocaryum standleyanum
  title = {Astrocaryum standleyanum Roland Kays BCI Panama-metadata},
  author = {Jansen, PA and Hirsch, BT and Emsens, W and Zamora-Gutierrez, V and Wikelski, M and Kays, RW},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.9t0m888q/2},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
Jansen PA, Hirsch BT, Emsens W, Zamora-Gutierrez V, Wikelski M, Kays RW. Astrocaryum standleyanum Roland Kays BCI Panama-metadata. Movebank Data Repository.
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.9t0m888q/2
T1  - Astrocaryum standleyanum Roland Kays BCI Panama-metadata
AU  - Jansen, Patrick A.
AU  - Hirsch, Ben T.
AU  - Emsens, Willem-Jan
AU  - Zamora-Gutierrez, Veronica
AU  - Wikelski, Martin
AU  - Kays, Roland W.
KW  - seed dispersal
KW  - radio telemetry
KW  - cocosoid palms
KW  - agoutis
KW  - Panama
KW  - Neotropics
KW  - Arecaceae
KW  - Astrocaryum standleyanum
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.9t0m888q/2
ER  -