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Semillas de Frutos Carnosos del Norte Ibérico Guía de Identificación

Field / Identification Guide Out of Print
By: Paloma Torroba Balmori(Author), Pilar Zaldívar García(Author), Ángel Hernández Lázaro(Author)
252 pages, colour photos, includes DVD-ROM
Semillas de Frutos Carnosos del Norte Ibérico
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  • Semillas de Frutos Carnosos del Norte Ibérico ISBN: 9788484487548 Paperback Nov 2013 Out of Print #210578
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Language: Spanish

On the Iberian Peninsula, angiosperm species with fleshy fruits are numerous, but certain gymnosperms also have structures with the appearance and function of fleshy fruit. Why do some plants invest so much effort in producing a fleshy pulp that is wrapping the seeds? It is an established fact that this serves to attract different species of fruit-eating animals, especially birds and mammals, that consume the fruit, but leave the seeds intact. which are then dispersed through defecation or regurgitation, thus establishing a relationship of mutualism in which both organisms, plant and animal, benefit.

This new guide describes and visually identifies the seeds of wild and feral fleshy fruits found on the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula, many of which are also found in the southern half, and offers morphometric information for 94 species. Besides being a botanical guide, it will also help in determining the seeds found in droppings and excretions of vertebrates, and as an aid in different lines of research on frugivory and endozoochory (seed dispersal). Each plant species is accompanied by a review of the animal species that feed on its fruit.

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En la península Ibérica, las especies de angiospermas con frutos carnosos son numerosas, pero también ciertas gimnospermas presentan estructuras con apariencia y función de fruto carnoso, como los gálbulos de enebros y sabinas ¿Por qué algunas plantas invierten tanto esfuerzo en producir una pulpa carnosa envolviendo a las semillas? Se acepta que para atraer a diferentes especies de animales frugívoros, sobre todo aves y mamíferos, que consumen esa pulpa pero dispersan intactas las semillas mediante defecación o regurgitación, estableciéndose así una relación de mutualismo en la que ambos organismos, planta y animal, se benefician.

En esta novedosa guía se decriben e identifican visualmente las semillas de los frutos carnosos silvestres y asilvestrados del norte ibérico, muchos de los cuales también se encuentran en la mitad sur peninsular, ofreciendo información morfométrica de 94 especies. Además del interés puramente botánico de esta guía, se suma su utilidad como herramienta para la determinación de las semillas halladas en excrementos y regurgitados de vertebrados dispersantes, y como ayuda en diferentes líneas de investigación en frugivorismo y endozoocoria. Cada especie de planta se acompaña con una revisión de las especies de animales que se alimentan de sus frutos.

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Field / Identification Guide Out of Print
By: Paloma Torroba Balmori(Author), Pilar Zaldívar García(Author), Ángel Hernández Lázaro(Author)
252 pages, colour photos, includes DVD-ROM
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