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Host Specialization in the World Agromyzidae (Diptera)

  • Authors
  • Kenneth A. Spencer
Book

Part of the Series Entomologica book series (SENT, volume 45)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kenneth A. Spencer
    Pages 1-3
  3. Kenneth A. Spencer
    Pages 4-14
  4. Kenneth A. Spencer
    Pages 15-16
  5. Kenneth A. Spencer
    Pages 17-380
  6. Kenneth A. Spencer
    Pages 381-387
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 394-444

About this book

Introduction

Phytophagous insects represent a very particular not really belong to their host plant range. This may group of organisms. Firstly, their number amounts lead to mistaken conclusions especially in regions to more than one quarter of all recent species (ex­ where only few observations were possible, as well cluding fungi, algae and microbes) and together with as in the case of uncommon insect species. Fourthly, the green plants on which they feed they form al­ the great majority (99. 4%) of the agromyzid species most one half of all living species described so far. studied show a high degree of host specialization Secondly, their overwhelming majority shows very which makes these insects especially suitable for narrow host plant specialization, that is they feed taxonomic-phylogenetic considerations. only on one or a few, mostly closely related plant With such an enormous amount of data, it may species, a characteristic that led J. H. Fabre to elab­ have been tempting to draw far-reaching conclu­ orate the notion of the 'insects' botanical instinct' a sions. However, the author has been very careful in century ago. doing this.

Keywords

Asteridae Bryophyta Caryophyllidae Coevolution Cyperales Dilleniidae Equisetatae Flora Liliopsida Magnoliidae Magnoliopsida Poales Rosidae phylogeny

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-1874-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7336-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1874-0
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