n African Entomology - Arthropod communities and succession in baobab, , fruits in a dry deciduous forest in Kirindy Forest Reserve, Madagascar : short communications

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



From an insect's perspective, fruits of many plant species are an ephemeral resource such as carrion (Payne 1965; Tabor 2004), dung (Koskela 1972; Koskela & Hanski 1977) or rotting wood (Fager 1968): all these systems are relatively small and distinct, consist of organic matter and undergo a clear decomposition process, with several stages of decay (Schoenly & Reid 1987), characterized by specific fauna. Frugivorous insects, particularly Diptera, Coleoptera, Hemiptera and Lepidoptera, frequently invade fruits/seeds during development on maternal plants ( Janzen 1969, 1971; Lachaise 1977; Lachaise 1982; Fukumoto & Kajimura 2001); fruit invasion and post-dispersal seed predation continues after fruit falls (Winston 1956; Janzen 1969; Lachaise 1982; van Klinken & Walter 1996).

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