Data from: Seed dispersal by dispersing juvenile animals: a source of functional connectivity in fragmented landscapes
González-Varo, Juan P.; Díaz-García, Sarah; Arroyo, Juan M.; Jordano, Pedro (2019), Data from: Seed dispersal by dispersing juvenile animals: a source of functional connectivity in fragmented landscapes, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.97q0n06
Juvenile animals generally disperse from their birthplace to their future breeding territories. In fragmented landscapes, habitat-specialist species must disperse through the anthropogenic matrix where remnant habitats are embedded. Here, we test the hypothesis that dispersing juvenile frugivores leave a footprint in the form of seed deposition through the matrix of fragmented landscapes. We focused on the Sardinian warbler (Sylvia melanocephala), a resident frugivorous passerine. We used data from field sampling of bird-dispersed seeds in the forest and matrix of a fragmented landscape, subsequent disperser identification through DNA-barcoding analysis, and data from a national ringing programme. Seed dispersal by Sardinian warblers was confined to the forest most of the year, but warblers contributed a peak of seed-dispersal events in the matrix between July and October, mainly attributable to dispersing juveniles. Our study uniquely connects animal and plant dispersal, demonstrating that juveniles of habitat-specialist frugivores can provide mobile-link functions transiently, but in a seasonally predictable way.