Psyche: A Journal of Entomology / 2012 / Article / Tab 2

Research Article

Removal of Nonmyrmecochorous Seeds by Ants: Role of Ants in Cattle Grasslands

Table 2

Mean seed removal of nonmyrmecochorous seeds by ants in cattle grasslands. Standard errors are shown for seed weights.

Type of seedSpeciesSeed weight (g)Ant accessAnt exclusion
Seeds removedRemoval percentageSeeds removedRemoval percentage

ArillatedG. ulmifolia0.005 ± 0.0067256.0%352.9
P. dulce0.307 ± 0.1030025.0%00.0
P. ligularis0.16 ± 0.0265654.7%N/A*N/A

NonarillatedS. spectabilis0.026 ± 0.001099.1%141.2
L. leucocephala0.062 ± 0.01554.6%40.3
A. saman0.233 ± 0.03352.9%00.0

Total182725.4%534.4%

*N/A: Not Applicable. Ant exclosures were not performed in P. ligularis transect.

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