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Pollination and Floral Ecology$
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Pat Willmer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128610

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.001.0001

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Why Pollination Is Interesting

Why Pollination Is Interesting

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Why Pollination Is Interesting
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Pollination and Floral Ecology
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Pat Willmer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.003.0001

This chapter introduces some of the book’s central themes on animal pollination, beginning with a discussion of animals that visit flowers. At least 130,000 species of animals, and probably up to 300,000, are regular flower visitors and potential pollinators. At least 25,000 species of bees are included in this total, all of them obligate flower visitors and often the most important pollinators in a given habitat. There are currently about 260,000 species of angiosperms and it has been traditional to link particular kinds of flowers to particular groups of pollinators. The chapter proceeds by explaining why animals visit flowers, how flowers encourage animal visitors, and what makes a visitor a good pollinator. It also considers the costs, benefits, and conflicts in animal pollination before concluding with an enumeration of reasons why pollination is worth studying.

Keywords:   animal pollination, animals, flower, flower visitor, pollinator, bee, angiosperm, pollination

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