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A ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), a key agent of seed dispersal in southern Madagascar.

The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) serves as a key agent of seed dispersal in southern Madagascar, where the landscape is heavily fragmented by agriculture and remaining forest patches are protected by local taboos. Lemurs eat fruit and disperse the seeds as they move along the ground between forest patches, thereby providing an important ecological service within a landscape that is strongly impacted by humans. In such heavily fragmented agricultural landscapes, small patches of forest may be essential for maintaining ecosystem services. This photograph originally appeared on the cover of Ecological Applications (16:2) in April of 2006.
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Keywords Agriculture, fragmentation, habitat fragmentation, seed dispersal, forest, forest patch, matrix, fruit, ecosystem service
Key taxa ring-tailed lemur, Lemur catta
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Pedagogical Use Description This photograph can be used to illustrate a lemur, a fruit-eating mammal, or an important agent of seed dispersal.
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Primary Author Affiliation Department of Systems Ecology, Stokholm University

Biology Program, Wilkes University
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Rights Copyright 2006 by the Ecological Society of America.
Date Of Record Submission 2008-04-09

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