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Extinction of lowland tapir and white-lipped peccary would impair forest diversity

Publicado em 08 novembro 2019
According to a team of researchers affiliated with São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Rio Claro, Brazil, the extinction of South America's two largest herbivores—the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) and the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) - would cause a significant decrease in forest diversity throughout the continent. The results of experiments that began ten years ago showed that plant communities are more diversified in areas where both species are present and [...]