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dc.contributor.authorPhang, Aireen
dc.description.abstractObservation of flower visitations and pollination behaviour of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis (Pteropodidae), to Palaquium obovatum (Sapotaceae) in the Singapore Botanic Gardens is presented. Floral anthesis was found to occur in the evening and last around 24 hours, displaying typical chiropterophilous features. Although the Sapotaceae family is thought to be entomophilous, no insects were recorded as engaging in pollination activity despite the use of sticky traps and daytime observations. Bat visitation led to successful fruit set, which suggests that these mammals may have more positive ecological contributions to native ecosystems in Singapore than previously thought.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe author is grateful to the management of the National Parks Board and Singapore Botanic Gardens for providing continuous support and facilities for research, and the Lady Yuen Peng McNeice Charitable Foundation for financial support of botanical studies.en
dc.publisherNational University of Singaporeen
dc.relation.ispartofNature in Singapore
dc.titleNovel observations of chiropterophily in Palaquium obovatum and flower visitation by Cynopterus brachyotisen
dc.typeArticle - peer-revieweden

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