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dc.contributor.authorMajer, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorSzabolcs, L.
dc.contributor.authorGove, Aaron
dc.identifier.citationSzabolcs, L., A. D. Gove, A. M. Latimer, J., D. Majer, & R. R. Dunn (2010). Convergent evolution of seed dispersal by ants, and phylogeny and biogeography in flowering plants: A global survey. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 12, 43-55.

Seed dispersal is a fundamental life history trait in plants. Although the recent surge of interest in seed dispersal by ants (myrmecochory) has added greatly to knowledge on the ecology of seed dispersal and ant–plant mutualisms, myrmecochory also represents a unique opportunity to examine the links between seed dispersal and evolution in flowering plants. Here we review the taxonomic, phylogenetic and biogeographic distribution of myrmecochory in flowering plants. Myrmecochory is mediated by elaiosomes, i.e., lipid-rich seed appendages that attract ants and serve as rewards for dispersal. We surveyed the literature for evidence of elaiosomes in angiosperm plants to estimate the global prevalence of myrmecochory. We then searched the literature for phylogenetic reconstructions to identify myrmecochorous lineages and to estimate the minimum number of independent evolutionary origins of myrmecochory.

dc.titleConvergent evolution of seed dispersal by ants, and phylogeny and biogeography in flowering plants: A global survey
dc.typeJournal Article

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curtin.facultyDepartment of Environmental Biology
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