Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Arthropod fauna of mammal-pollinated Protea humiflora : ants as an attractant for insectivore pollinators?

The full text article is available externally.

The article you have requested is supplied via the Sabinet African ePublications (SA ePublications) service. You may be required to register and activate access before you can obtain the full text. View from original source.

Protea humiflora Andrews inflorescences are cryptic, but strongly scented and borne close to the ground (geoflorous) for ready access by small, non-flying mammals. During a study of P. humiflora pollination, we found that insectivorous elephant shrews (Macroscelididae : Elephantulus edwardii (A. Smith)) carried higher pollen loads on their snouts than simultaneously-trapped rodent species. Elephant shrews seem to be acquiring pollen while foraging for insects in the inflorescences. Compared with the larger bird-pollinated inflorescences of P. repens (L.) L., P. humiflora inflorescences have a substantially lower mass of arthropods, relatively fewer beetles (12 % of arthropod dry mass) and more ants (13 %). The large numbers of ants in these inflorescences may attract insectivore pollinators, suggesting an indirect, mutualistic relationship between plant, insect and insectivore.
No Reference information available - sign in for access.
No Citation information available - sign in for access.
No Supplementary Data.
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Ants; Fynbos; Mutualism; Nectar; Non-flying mammalpollination; Satellite fauna

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2003

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more