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Coastal Dunes pp 221-239 | Cite as

Ant–Plant Interactions: Their Seasonal Variation and Effects on Plant Fitness

  • V. Rico-Gray
  • P. S. Oliveira
  • V. Parra-Tabla
  • M. Cuautle
  • C. Díaz-Castelazo
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 171)

This chapter discusses the importance of nectar to ants, the effect of ants on plant fitness (either mediated by nectaries or Homoptera), plus seasonal variation and diversity of interactions in the tropical coastal regions of the Yucatan Peninsula and Veracruz, Mexico.Tropical coastal dunes are rich environments for ant-plant interactions, yet diversity of interactions, seasonality and the effect of ants on plant fitness have rarely been studied.

Keywords

Sand Dune Plant Fitness Yucatan Peninsula Extrafloral Nectary Ectatomma Tuberculatum 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Rico-Gray
    • 1
  • P. S. Oliveira
    • 2
  • V. Parra-Tabla
    • 3
  • M. Cuautle
    • 4
  • C. Díaz-Castelazo
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de Ecología VegetalInstituto de Ecología, A.C.VeracruzMéxico
  2. 2.Departamento de ZoologíaUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinas SPBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de EcologíaF.M.V.Z., Universidad Autónoma de YucatánMérida (Itzimná)México
  4. 4.Departamento de Ecología VegetalInstituto de Ecología, A.C.VeracruzMéxico

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