Fruit-eating bats are vital to tropical reforestation due to their ability to disperse seeds to degraded areas.

Bats play a fundamental role in seed dispersal due to their exceptional species diversity, abundance, and a variety of canopy and understory feeding habits. “Bats disperse a larger amount of seeds per species than birds, increasing the probability of seed establishment,” write the study authors. As importantly, bat foraging habits take them from remnant rainforest fragments or riparian vegetation into perturbed areas, with the “seed-rain” that bats produce composed mainly of forest pioneer plant species.

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