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The Pollination Mutualism

The Pollination Mutualism

Chapter:
(p.265) 7 The Pollination Mutualism
Source:
The Ornaments of Life
Author(s):
Theodore H. FlemingW. John Kress
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226023328.003.0007

This chapter discusses the pollination mutualism between tropical and subtropical plants and their avian and mammalian pollinators, and its evolution. It covers general trends associated with the evolution of vertebrate-pollinated flowers and geographic and historical (phylogenetic) variation in these trends; pollinator diversification and flower evolution in the tropics; the evolution of flower characteristics; and the evolution of nectar-feeding vertebrates.

Keywords:   plants, pollinators, mutualists, phylogenetic variation, flower syndromes, vertebrate pollination, adaptations, nectar-feeding birds, mammals

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