The distribution of plant consumption traits across habitat types and the patterns of fruit availability suggest a mechanism of coexistence of two sympatric frugivorous mammals

Luc Roscelin Dongmo Tédonzong, Jacob Willie, Nikki Tagg, Martin N. Tchamba, Tsi Evaristus Angwafo, Ada Myriane Patipe Keuko, Jacques Keumo Kuenbou, Charles-Albert Petre & Luc Lens
Understanding the mechanisms governing the coexistence of organisms is an important question in ecology, and providing potential solutions contributes to conservation science. In this study, we evaluated the contribution of several mechanisms to the coexistence of two sympatric frugivores, using western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and central chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) in a tropical rainforest of southeast Cameroon as a model system. We collected great ape fecal samples to determine and classify fruit species...
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