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A Seba's short-tailed bat (Carollia perspicillata) carrying a piper fruit (Piper tuberculatum). Just one bat can carry up to 60,000 piper seeds to new locations in a single night. If even one-tenth of one percent of those seeds survive to become new seedlings that would be 20,000 annually. These bats are key dispersers of "pioneer plants" into new clearings. Seed Dispersal
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