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Frugivory and seed dispersal by the yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula), in a subtropical forest of China

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Tropical Ecology
Issue number2
Volume24
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)219-223
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The yellow-throated marten, Martes flavigula, is the only living species of the genus Martes found in subtropical and tropical forests (Harrison et al. 2004). It is distributed throughout central and southern Asia in a wide variety of habitats. Despite its extensive geographical range, the ecology and behaviour of this species has so far received little attention, aside from a study of habitat use (Grassman et al. 2005). Studies on other martens have shown that fruits are an important food resource (e.g. M. martes, Bermejo & Guitian 2000; M. foina, Pandolfi et al. 1996). Thus, they are considered to be important potential seed dispersers (Corlett 1998, Herrera 1989, Willson 1993), as confirmed by recent studies (M. melampus, Otani 2002; M. americana, Hickey et al. 1999; M. foina and M. martes, Schaumann & Heinken 2002). Although no systematic study of the diet of M. flavigula has been conducted (Harrison et al. 2004), it is known to be omnivorous and to consume fruit (Gao & Wang 1987). To date, however, there has been no comprehensive study of frugivory and seed dispersal by M. flavigula (but see Corlett 1998).

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http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=UHY The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal of Tropical Ecology, 24 (2), pp 219-223 2008, © 2008 Cambridge University Press.