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Acorns were good until tannins were found: factors affecting seed-selection in the hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Ancillotto, Leonardo; Sozio, Giulia; Mortelliti, Alessio

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Seed selection by forest rodents is based on several factors such as seed palatability, manipulation time and caloric content. The final result of this decision-making process has critical consequences on seed predation and dispersal, and thus on tree demography.Previous studies on seed selection have mainly focused on non-hibernating terrestrial rodents. Arboreal rodents may be less adapted to cope with seed defences, usually being more frugivorous. Furthermore, hibernating species need to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-03
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/12970
Source: Mammalian Biology - Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde
DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2014.05.004

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