Dispersal of an introduced shrub (Crataegus monogyna) by the brush-tailed possum (Trichosurus vulpecula).

The Brush-tailed possum Trichosurus vulpecula eats the fleshy fruits of the introduced shrub Crataegus monogyna and defecates intact seeds at least 0-50 m away. Viability of seeds recovered from faeces was >73%, comparable to the viability of fresh seeds (87.6%). Seed dispersal by possums has been largely neglected and may have important implications for invasion by woody weeds in Australasia.

Author D. A. Bass
Year 1990
Secondary title Australian Journal of Ecology
Volume 15
Number 2
Pages 227-229