Neotropical Insect Galls

  • Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
  • Jean Carlos Santos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Marcel S. Coelho, Jean Carlos Santos
    Pages 1-14
  3. Rosy Mary dos Santos Isaias, Denis Coelho de Oliveira, Renê Gonçalves da Silva Carneiro, Jane Elizabeth Kraus
    Pages 15-34
  4. Denis Coelho de Oliveira, Ana Silvia Franco Pinheiro Moreira, Rosy Mary dos Santos Isaias
    Pages 35-49
  5. Rosy Mary dos Santos Isaias, Renê Gonçalves da Silva Carneiro, Jean Carlos Santos, Denis Coelho de Oliveira
    Pages 51-67
  6. Tiago Shizen Pacheco Toma, Milton de Souza Mendonça Jr.
    Pages 69-98
  7. Milton Barbosa, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
    Pages 99-113
  8. José M. A. Figueiredo, Jean Carlos Santos, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Rogério Parentoni Martins
    Pages 115-128
  9. Tiago Shizen Toma, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Danielle Gomes de Souza, Marcelo Tabarelli, Jean Carlos Santos
    Pages 143-150
  10. Germano Leão Demolin Leite
    Pages 179-192
  11. Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Jhonathan O. Silva, Mário M. Espírito-Santo, Marcílio Fagundes, Yumi Oki, Marco Antônio A. Carneiro
    Pages 193-219
  12. Milton de Souza Mendonça Jr., Tiago Shizen Pacheco Toma, Juliana Schmidt da Silva
    Pages 221-256
  13. Walter Santos de Araújo, Benedito Baptista dos Santos, Frederico Augusto Guimarães Guilherme, Claudia Scareli-Santos
    Pages 257-272
  14. Marco Antonio A. Carneiro, Marcel S. Coelho, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
    Pages 273-293
  15. Valéria Cid Maia, Sheila Patrícia Carvalho-Fernandes, Alene Ramos Rodrigues, Sharlene Ascendino
    Pages 295-361
  16. Jean Carlos Santos, Marcel S. Coelho, Danielle G. Souza, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
    Pages 363-376
  17. Genimar Rebouças Julião, Emmanuel Duarte Almada, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
    Pages 377-403
  18. Marcel S. Coelho, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes, Frederico Siqueira Neves, Jean Carlos Santos
    Pages 405-427
  19. Carolina Quintero, Lucas A. Garibaldi, Audrey Grez, Carlo Polidori, José Luis Nieves-Aldrey
    Pages 429-463
  20. Enrique Medianero, Héctor Barrios, José Luis Nieves-Aldrey
    Pages 465-496
  21. Paul Hanson, Kenji Nishida
    Pages 497-517
  22. Pablo Cuevas-Reyes, Norma Angélica Espinosa-Olvera, Maldonado-López Yurixhi, Ken Oyama
    Pages 519-550

About this book


This book focuses on one of the most sophisticated guild herbivorous insects, the gall inducing insects. They trespass the defensive lines of their host plants, engineer the host to provide their larvae with shelter against the external harsh environment and natural enemies and in addition provide better food to their larvae. Not surprisingly the gall is often regarded as an extended phenotype of the inducing insect. The reader will find in this book the most updated ecological and evolutionary information on the biogeopgraphy of galling insects in the New World Tropics. Topics range from the very first reactions of the host plant cells to the gall inducing larvae up to the natural enemies that control galling populations, including galling insect relationships with habitats that ultimately result in their spatial distribution and diversity. The book also addresses many important questions in galling studies, such as the role of superhosts, the host plant defenses to galling, and the importance of habitat harshness at the canopy of rain forests, among many other issues. Finally, the book also describes the galling richness in many different Neotropical vegetation types. The reader will find that the information depicted helps to challenge former hypohteses on their geography and diversity, provides new syntheses and open new perspsectives for the study of this spectacular herbivore guild.


Insect galls Insect herbivory Insect-plant interactions Plant galls Tropical ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
    • 1
  • Jean Carlos Santos
    • 2
  1. 1.Ecologia Evolutiva & Biodiversidade/DBGICB/Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de BiologiaUniversidade Federal de UberlândiaUberlândiaBrazil

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