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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Bird pollination of explosive flowers while foraging for nectar and caterpillars
Author: Agostini, K
Sazima, M
Sazima, I
Abstract: Mucuna (Fabaceae) has explosive flowers that open only if a pressure is applied on their wings and keel. The cacique Cacicus haemorrhous inserts its bill into a flower and spreading its mandibles apart it opens the flower to take nectar. This icterine bird also preys upon caterpillars of the butterfly Astraptes talus that pupates within the flowers. Foraging with use of bill movements to take nectar or insects within a flower is an adequate mechanism to open and pollinate explosive flowers. We suggest that a plausible behavioral scenario for the pollination relationship between icterines and Mucuna-like flowers might start with the birds' searching for insects within flowers.
Subject: Astraptes talus
Atlantic Forest
Cacicus haemorrhous
explosive flowers
Mucuna japira
perching bird pollination
southeastern Brazil
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Blackwell Publishing
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2006.00191.x
Date Issue: 2006
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