Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata mexicana) as Seed Dispersers of Strangler Figs in Disturbed and Preserved Habitat in Southern Veracruz, México

  • Juan Carlos Serio-Silva
  • Victor Rico-Gray


Recent studies suggest that the identification of interactions among keystone species in ecosystems is one of the most important aspects to be considered in conservation programs (Thompson, 1994; Howe and Miriti, 2000). We also need to evaluate how interspecific interactions are modified by habitat fragmentation and destruction (Nathan and Muller-Landau, 2000), which will provide information required to make informed policy decisions regarding conservation and forest management (Garber and Lambert, 1998). In this chapter, we address the effects of habitat fragmentation on the regeneration dynamics of tropical rain forests, particularly the ecological interactions among strangler figs (Ficus spp.: Moraceae) and Mexican howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata mexicana) in southeastern Mexico.


Home Range Seed Dispersal Tropical Rain Forest Howler Monkey Preserve Site 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Carlos Serio-Silva
    • 1
  • Victor Rico-Gray
    • 1
  1. 1.Divisiûn Acadèmica de Ciencias BiologicasUniversidad Juarez Autûnoma de Tabasco, km 0.5 carretera Villahermosa-Cardenas, entrada por Bosques de SaloyaVillahermosaMéxico

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