3 Works

Data from: Using local ecological knowledge to build mutualistic networks in hyper-diverse and logistically challenging ecosystems

Lisa Ong, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz & McConkey Kim R.
1. Collecting interaction data to build frugivory or seed dispersal networks is logistically challenging in ecosystems that have very high plant and animal diversity and/or where fieldwork is difficult or dangerous. Consequently, the majority of available networks are from ecosystems with low species diversity or they represent a sub-set of the community. 2. Here, we propose an approach using local ecological knowledge (LEK) of indigenous communities to build interaction databases and weighted networks that would...

The ability to disperse large seeds, rather than body mass alone, defines the importance of animals in a hyper-diverse seed dispersal network

Lisa Ong, Kim McConkey & Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz
1. Large-bodied animals play irreplaceable roles in seed dispersal, partly due to their capacity to disperse large seeds. Understanding this role at a community level has been limited by the paucity of network studies that include large vertebrates, and the almost complete absence of studies including synzoochoric dispersers. Synzoochoric dispersers can disperse seeds disproportionately large for their body size, potentially overlapping the roles of large-bodied animals. A comprehensive network, inclusive of large vertebrates and synzoochorous...

Data from: Long-term monitoring of seed dispersal by Asian elephants in a Sundaland rainforest

Wei Harn Tan, Adeline Hii, Alicia Solana-Mena, Ee Phin Wong, Ange Tan, Anders Kromann-Clausen, Param Pura, Muhamad Tauhid Tunil, Sudin Din, Chiew Foan Chin & Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz
Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) have inhabited almost all forests in tropical Asia until recently, yet little is known about their role in ecological processes, particularly in the Sundaic forests of Southeast Asia. These forests are peculiar in their phenology, with supra-annual and highly irregular episodes of mast fruiting. Here we present a long-term (six-year) monitoring of the seeds dispersed by elephants in dipterocarp forests of northern Peninsular Malaysia. We conducted monthly dung surveys at two...

Registration Year

  • 2021

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden