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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An animal, such as a chimpanzee or fruit bat, that feeds primarily on fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An animal whose diet is mostly fruit


From frugivorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • A frugivore is a type of herbivore (plant-eating animal) that eats a substantial portion of fruit.


  • As our environment becomes more acidic and we introduce synthetic chemicals, the biomass of any resident species -- whether frugivore, herbivore, or carnivore -- will literally incorporate those substances in the flesh.

    Natalia Rose: What We Eat Today: Cardboard Carrots, Inedible Eggs, and Corn-fed Fish

  • Management of plant invasions mediated by frugivore interactions.


  • Fruit bats are another example of a mammalian frugivore.


  • While frugivores and fruit-producing plant species are worldwide, there is some evidence that tropical forests have more frugivore seed dispersers than the temperate zone.


  • This lack of specialization could be because fruit availability varies by season and year, which tends to discourage frugivore animals from focusing on just one plant species [2].


  • When both the fruit-producing plant and the frugivore species benefit by fruit-eating behavior their interaction is called a mutualism.


  • Since frugivore seed dispersal is so important in the tropics, many researchers have studied the loss of frugivores and related it to changed plant population dynamics.


  • Another example of a mammalian frugivore is the Gray-bellied Night Monkey, also known as the owl monkey.


  • One example of a mammalian frugivore is the maned wolf, or Chrysocyon brachyurus, which is found in South America.



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  • Animals whose natural diet consists chiefly of fruit. Not a recommended regimen for humans, despite the existence of self-described fruitarians.

    February 6, 2007