Lemur extinctions 'orphaned' some Madagascar plant species
|The black-and-white ruffed lemur is the last species large enough |
to disperse seeds of the Canarium plant in Madagascar
[Credit: Sarah Federman]
"We need to understand the impacts of past extinction events or we cannot adequately design conservation plans for the future,'' Federman said.
|Canarium seed [Credit: Sarah Federman]|
Researchers also identified contemporary examples of a precarious balance between lemurs and plants in Madagascar. For instance, the critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur is the last remaining species large enough to eat and disperse seeds of Canarium species. These plant species might be eventually lost if this lemur species goes extinct, say the researchers.
Source: Yale University [April 12, 2016]
Labels Breakingnews, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Madagascar, Natural Heritage, Wildlife