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Mystery Seeds

Observed: 1st November 2011 By: pbcgrantpbcgrant’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

These seeds are the major dietary component of Bat Eared Foxs during summer months in the Western Cape, South Africa, near Villersdorp. I assume they are some sort of fleshy fruit. Literature generally states Bat Eared Foxes diet is mainly termites, but these results suggest over summer months in this locality they mainly eat this mystery fruit. Attempts at germinating have not been successful. Does anyone know what they might be? Your assistance would be extremely valuable!!

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Species with which Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) interacts

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Opunita

I've since read that Opuntia ficus-indica has widely naturalised in South Africa, so I'm now fairly certain these must be its seeds.