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The Pollination Mutualism

The Pollination Mutualism

(p.265) 7 The Pollination Mutualism
The Ornaments of Life
Theodore H. FlemingW. John Kress
University of Chicago Press

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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