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  • noun Plural form of elaiosome.


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  • Some AG seeds bear adhering fruit pulp, oils, or lipid-rich elaiosomes, which could motivate seed collection by multiple ant species, but published observations support some level of specialization in the ant-seed interaction.

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  • Hughes L, Westoby M, Jurado E (1994) Convergence of elaiosomes and insect prey: evidence from ant foraging behaviour and fatty acid composition.

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  • (Forel) collect seeds of AG epiphytes even when fruit pulp and elaiosomes have been removed.

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