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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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Pollination by Nonflying Vertebrates and Other Oddities

Pollination by Nonflying Vertebrates and Other Oddities

(p.370) Chapter 17 Pollination by Nonflying Vertebrates and Other Oddities
Pollination and Floral Ecology

Pat Willmer

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers pollination by nonflying vertebrates and other oddities. It begins with a discussion of ectotherm vertebrates visiting flowers; these include fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Fish are not recorded as flower visitors, but they are at least occasionally facilitators of the pollination process for shoreline pond plants, where they prey on animals that compete with or reduce pollinator populations. The chapter proceeds with an analysis of pollination by nonflying mammals such as marsupials, rodents, monkeys, and lemurs as well as flowers that they regularly visit, including ground-level (geoflorous) flowers and arboreal flowers. Finally, it examines pollination by unusual invertebrates ranging from snails and woodlice to land crabs and millipedes.

Keywords:   pollination, nonflying vertebrate, ectotherm vertebrate, flower, fish, amphibian, nonflying mammal, marsupial, monkey, invertebrate

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