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An animal, such as a chimpanzee or fruit bat, that feeds primarily on fruit.

[From frugivorous.]


(Zoology) zoology an animal that feeds primarily on fruit
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While frugivory rates varied by species, approximately 28% of the fecal samples showed evidence of frugivory; these data suggested that birds were selective in their fruit consumption, mostly avoiding native dogwood and consuming more of the exotics like bella honeysuckle and common buckthorn.
Despite these physical characteristics that would presumably discourage frugivory, we have observed what we interpreted as tooth marks of small mammals that had gnawed on fruits of A.
Dispersal of junipers occurs both through frugivory, or the ingestion of fruit and defecation of mostly unharmed seeds by birds and frugivorous mammals, and through scatter-hoarding by rodents [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED].
carotenoids, and tocopherols) in wild fruits consumed by migrating birds, (2) test the hypothesis that antioxidant content of wild fruits is related to macronutrient composition, and (3) relate patterns of avian frugivory to antioxidant availability and macronutrient content of wild fruits during autumn migration.
Based on the availability of fruiting trees and their distances from lek areas, we chose two plant species to conduct focal observations of frugivory by M.
Most studies concerning frugivory and endozoochory center on avian and mammalian systems (Braun and Brooks, 1987) partly because they are viewed as the most important dispersers of seeds of modern gymnosperms and angiosperms (Fleming and Lips, 1991); however, reptiles also can play an important selective force in evolution of angiosperms (Tiffney, 1986).
1986: 49, 55) reported 5% loss of Nyssa aquatica fruits through in, tree frugivory, and found that unidentified animals took fruits from trays placed on the ground.
Frugivory by toucans (Ramphastidae) ar two altitudes in the Atlantic forest of Brazil.
This need not be limited to species that eat a lot of fruit, as many species of birds that are largely insectivorous during the breeding season, like wood warblers (Parulidae), shift to high levels of frugivory in fall and winter (Greenberg 1981, White and Stiles 1990, Parrish 1997, Suthers et al.
Many factors influence patterns of avian frugivory (Snow 1970, Stiles 1980, Levey and Martinez del Rio 2001) including macronutrient and mineral composition (Herrera 1987, Smith et al.
Frugivory by introduced black rats (Rattus rattus) promotes dispersal of invasive plant seeds.
These differences are presumably associated with frugivory or predation (Beehler and Foster 1988, Stutchbury and Morton 2001, Cockburn 2006).