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Frugivores at a fruiting Ficus vine in a southern Cameroon tropical wet forest

Frugivores at a fruiting Ficus vine in a southern Cameroon tropical wet forest

Biotropica, 152: 125-128

A fruiting Ficus sp. vine in a southern Cameroon tropical wet forest was monitored for 57.75 h over a 9-day period in early Feb. 1979. Avian frugivores observed eating figs included 1 fruit pigeon, 4 hornbill and 3 greenbul species. Monkeys and squirrels [2 spp. of each: Cercopithecus nictitans, Miopithecus talapoin, Heliosciurus sp. and Funisciurus sp., respectively] also ate figs. Greenbuls were present at 59% of the censuses, fruit pigeons at 12% and hornbills at 11%. Mean foraging group sizes for greenbuls, fruit pigeons and hornbills were 1.7, 2.3 and 2.0%, respectively. Greenbuls ate an estimated 17,332 fruits over an 8-day period, fruit 4769, hornbills 2534 and greater white-nosed monkeys [C. nictitans] 811.

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DOI: 10.2307/2387956

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