Spatial patterns of seed dispersal by white-faced capuchins in Costa Rica: Evaluating distant-dependent seed mortality
Spatial patterns of seed dispersal are the focus of numerous theoretical examinations of endozoochory. Here, we examine the spatial pattern of seed dispersal by white-faced capuchin monkeys Cebus capucinus in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, and the neighborhood characteristics and distance variables most closely associated with seed survival and germination, and seedling survival and growth in various locations. Overall, distance to the nearest fruiting conspecific tree has the most positive, consistent effect on growth and survival variables, which supports a variation of the Janzen-Connell seed escape hypothesis. © 2009 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2009 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.
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