Preface. nIntroduction: Frugivory, Phenology, and Rainforest Conservation; J.L. Dew. nDo Frugivore Population Fluctuations Reflect Fruit Production? Evidence from Panama; K. Milton et al. nPotential Keystone Plant Species for the Frugivore Community at Tinigua Park, Colombia; P. Stevenson. nFloristics, Primary Productivity and Primate Diversity in Amazonia: Contrasting a Eutrophic Varzea Forest and an Oligotrophic Caatinga Forest in Brazil; J.P. Boubli. nA 12-Year Phenological Record of Fruiting: Implications for Frugivore Populations and Indicators of Climate Change; C.C. Chapman et al. nAn Intersite Comparison of Fruit Characteristics in Madagascar: Evidence for Selection Pressure through Abiotic Constraints Rather Than through Co-evolution; A. Bollen et al. nThe Key to Madagascar Frugivores; P.C. Wright et al. Fruiting Phenology and Pre-dispersal Seed Predation in a Rainforest in Southern Western Ghats, India; T. Ganesh, P. Davidar. nFast Foods of the Forest: The Influence of Figs on Primates and Hornbills across Wallace's Line; M.F. Kinnaird, T.G. O'Brien. nThe Frugivore Community and the Fruiting Plant Flora in a New Guinea Rainforest: Identifying Keystone Frugivores; A.L. Mack, D.D. Wright.nDiet, Keystone Resources, and Altitudinal Movement of Dwarf Cassowaries in Relation to Fruiting Phenology in a Papua New Guinea Rainforest; D.D. Wright. nKeystone Fruit Resources and Australia's Tropical Rain Forests; D. Westcott et al.
In this book we undertake one of the first global-scale comparisons of the relationships between tropical plants and frugivorous animal communities, comparing sites within and across continents. In total, 12 primary contributors, including noted plant and animal ecologists, present newly-analyzed long-term datasets on the floristics and phenological rhythms of their study sites, identifying important seed dispersers and key plant taxa that sustain animal communities in Africa, Madagascar, Australasia, and the Neotropics.
Comparing ecologies and conservation of plants and animals in rainforests with regard to keystone plant taxa of particular importance in sustaining a diversity of animal life, particularly in tropical forests