The Habitat Of The Lowland Tapir Essay
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As most mammal seed dispersers, tapirs are generalists, as their diet is highly dependent on seasonality and habitat. Up to 57 plant species have been observed to be present in the diet of the lowland tapir (Talamoni and Assis 2009). Therefore, although this mammal is mainly a browser, they will feed primarily on fruit when accessible due to its nutritious component (Bodmer 1990, Downer 1996). Tapirs have a large body mass, and can travel long distances; this makes them capable of effectively dispersing a high amount of different sized seeds, from one habitat to another. This emphasizes, that they are important elements for the plant community structure as they are capable of producing palm patches, and molding neotropical forests (Fragoso 2003).
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