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A Toltec fruit-eating bat (Artibeus toltecus) bout to take the fruit of a Solanum umbellatum in Costa Rica. This is a "pioneer" plant, one of the first to begin the succession that can return a clearing to forest. Without these first bat-dispersed pioneer plants, reforestation is unlikely. Seed Dispersal
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