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1 December 2004 The Striped Squirrel (Tamiops swinhoei hainanus) as a Nectar Robber of Ginger (Alpinia kwangsiensis)
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Nectar robbing by squirrels is reported for the first time in the striped squirrel (Tamiops swinhoei hainanus), which was found robbing nectar from ginger plants (Alpinia kwangsiensis) in tropical forests of south Yunnan, China. We describe the behavior of squirrels visiting inflorescences, and we compare the fruit set of inflorescences visited by squirrels with that of inflorescences not subject to nectar robbing by squirrels. Most of the styles of robbed flowers were damaged and the affected plants exhibited reduced fruit set.

Xao-Bao Deng, Pan-Yu Ren, Jiang-Yun Gao, and Qing-Jun Li "The Striped Squirrel (Tamiops swinhoei hainanus) as a Nectar Robber of Ginger (Alpinia kwangsiensis)," BIOTROPICA 36(4), 633-636, (1 December 2004). https://doi.org/10.1646/1603
Received: 27 May 2003; Accepted: 1 May 2004; Published: 1 December 2004
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