New Zealand Journal of Ecology (2003) 27(2): 221- 223
Are possums important dispersers of large-seeded fruit?
- Landcare Research, Private Bag 6, Nelson, New Zealand
The claim by Dungan et al. (2002) that in many areas possums may be the only potential dispersal vector for large-seeded native species is unsubstantiated. There is little evidence possums excrete viable seed of large-seeded fruit greater than 10 mm diameter, and seeds up to this size are dispersed by a suite of bird species. Nowhere in New Zealand are there likely to be possums in the absence of this suite of bird species.