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Definition of zoochoric

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Definition as written by Monocromatico:

Seed dispersion made by animals. The animal can either: carry seed pods or seeds on their fur or feathers, releasing them by scratching or frictioning it against another surface; carry seeds in its digestive tract, releasing them along with their dung.

Either way, this kind of dispersion often requires special chemical and structural adaptations (like hooks, spines, harder seed shells) for fruits and seeds, and, carried by an animal, the seeds can reach very long distances.


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