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VALIENTE-BANUET, Alfonso. Vulnerability of pollination systems of columnar cacti of Mexico. Rev. chil. hist. nat. [online]. 2002, vol.75, n.1, pp.99-104. ISSN 0716-078X.

An analysis of the degree of vulnerability of the pollination systems of Mexican columnar cacti showing a chiropterophyllous pollination syndrome was conducted, assuming that specialized pollination interactions would be more vulnerable to human perturbations. The results indicate that the species inhabiting the northern distribution limit of the columnar cacti show generalized pollination systems whereas species inhabiting central Mexico showing specialized pollination interactions would be more vulnerable to perturbations. This contrasting geographic pattern might be related to the migratory movements of the nectar-feeding bats in the northern limit of distribution of the columnar cacti that restricted local specialization, whereas resident nectar-feeding bat populations in south-central Mexico probably favored local specialization

Keywords : columnar cacti; nectar feeding bats; pollination; specialization; tribe Pachycereeae.

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