Data from: Are gastropods, rather than ants, important dispersers of seeds of myrmecochorous forest herbs?

Manfred Türke, Kerstin Andreas, Martin M. Gossner, Esther Kowalski, Markus Lange, Steffen Boch, Stephanie A. Socher, Jörg Müller, Daniel Prati, Markus Fischer, Rainer Meyhöfer & Wolfgang W. Weisser
Seed dispersal by ants (myrmecochory) is widespread and seed adaptations to myrmecochory are common, especially in the form of fatty appendices (elaiosomes). In a recent study, slugs were identified as seed dispersers of myrmecochores in a Central European beech forest. Here we used 105 beech forest sites to test whether myrmecochore presence and abundance is related to ant or to gastropod abundance and whether experimentally exposed seeds are removed by gastropods. Myrmecochorous plant cover was...
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